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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Flight Dynamics and Einstein’s Covariance Principle

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    DirectTech On-Demand – From 2012

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    “The great divide between Newtonian dynamics and Einstein’s Relativity is a chimera. Einstein had great respect for Newton and made sure that his theory would converge to Newton’s three laws as conditions approach classical proportions.

    Flight dynamics, which is based on Newton’s laws, is no exception. During an one-hour perambulation, I will acquaint you with Special and General Relativity as it applies to classical dynamics.

    Modeling of flight dynamics benefits greatly from such a vantage point. The physics of the problem are separated from its computational aspects. Tensors—independent of coordinate systems—model the physics, while matrices, created from these tensors by introducing coordinate systems, are coded for execution.

    Join this Webinar as I chronicle my forty years’ experience with what is now called Tensor Flight Dynamics.” 


    Learning Objectives

    • Classical and relativistic dynamics
    • Covariance Principle applied to flight dynamics
    • Use of Cartesian tensors in flight dynamics
    • Compact computer coding of matrices obtained from tensors
    • From tensor modeling to matrix coding


    Who Should Attend

    • Physicists who are interested in dynamics
    • Engineers who aspire a deeper understanding of flight dynamics
    • Simulation specialists who build complex aerospace vehicle models



    Dr. Peter Zipfel
    Dr. Peter Zipfel is an Adjunct Associated Professor at the University of Florida. He has taught courses in M&S, G&C, and Flight Dynamics for 35 year, and C++ aerospace simulations during the past ten years. His 45 years of M&S experience was acquired at the German Helicopter Institute, the U.S. Army, and Air Force. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow and an internationally recognized short course instructor. His textbook, Modeling and Simulation of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics (published by AIAA) gives a detailed account of Tensor Flight Dynamics and teaches how to use tensors and matrices in modeling aerospace simulations.


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