The thesis traces the history of missile aerodynamic prediction methods and defines the
aerodynamic requirements for the subsonic free-flight projectiles configurations under
consideration. Different types of trajectory model are described with the aerodynamic input
requirement being analysed. Methods of generating the required aerodynamic data for the
trajectory models are discussed emphasising the aerodynamic models capabilities, weaknesses
and ease of use. The method of masses aerodynamic prediction method is defined,
highlighting the adaptations to the method that were carried out to generate the aerodynamic
stability data required for subsequent projectile trajectory analysis. An assessment of the
sensitivity and accuracy of the simulated data is carried out using experimental flight trial data
on different projectile configurations. Finally, using the simulation models developed in
previous chapters, a parametric analysis is carried out on different projectile configurations to
optimise the trajectory performance.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.