This valuable volume offers a systematic approach to flight vehicle system identification and covers exhaustively the time-domain methodology. It addresses in detail the theoretical and practical aspects of various parameter estimation methods, including those in the stochastic framework and focusing on nonlinear models, cost functions, optimization methods, and residual analysis. A pragmatic and balanced account of pros and cons in each case are provided. It also presents data gathering, model validation and covers both large scale systems and high fidelity modeling. Real world problems dealing with a variety of flight vehicle applications are addressed and solutions are provided. Examples encompass such problems as estimation of aerodynamics, stability, and control derivatives from flight data, flight path reconstruction, nonlinearities in control surface effectiveness, stall hysteresis, unstable aircraft, and other critical considerations. Beginners, as well as practicing researchers, engineers, and working professionals who wish to refresh or broaden their knowledge of flight vehicle system identification will find this book highly beneficial. Based on years of experience, the book also provides recommendations for overcoming problems likely to be faced in developing complex nonlinear and high fidelity models and can help the novice negotiate the challenges of developing highly accurate mathematical models and aerodynamic databases from experimental flight data. Software that runs under MATLAB[registered] and sample flight data are provided to assist the reader in reworking the examples presented in the text. The software can also be adapted to the reader's own interests.
This fully updated and revised Second Edition of Pipeline Operation and Maintenance: A Practical Approach, provides comprehensive details on all matters related to operation and maintenance of gas and liquid pipeline systems. It is designed to impart know-how to operation and maintenance personnel while providing an in-depth coverage of the subjects that pipeline workers and pipeline engineers often face in the assessment of operation and maintenance tasks and corrective techniques. It is designed to fill the gap from commissioning to the operation and maintenance of pipeline systems, covering pipeline and facilities including metering, pumping, and compression as well as reliability assessments. The book provides an updated technique on liquid batched products pipelining operation and maintenance, as well comprehensive techniques for welding and repairs. It provides a detailed reference material for the day-to-day use and/or to refresh the knowledge and thinking process in undertaking various operation and maintenance tasks. It is also intended to be a training tool. Other books in the series include: Pipeline Design and Construction: A Practical Approach, by Mohitpour, Golshan, and Murray Energy Supply and Pipeline Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities, by Mohitpour Pipeline Pumping and Compression Systems: A Practical Approach, by Mohitpour, Botros, and Van Hardeveld Pipeline Integrity Assurance: A Practical Approach, by Mohitpour, Murray, McManus, and Colquhoun
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