Aeroelastic stability analysis of high aspect ratio aircraft wings

Banerjee, J. R., Liu, X. & Kassem, H. I. (2014). Aeroelastic stability analysis of high aspect ratio aircraft wings. Journal of Applied Nonlinear Dynamics, 3(4), pp. 413-422. doi: 10.5890/JAND.2011.12.001

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Free vibration and flutter analyses of two types of high aspect ratio aircraft wings are presented. The wing is idealised as an assembly of bending-torsion coupled beams using the dynamic stiffness method leading to a nonlinear eigenvalue problem. This problem is solved using the Wattrick-Williams algorithm yielding natural frequencies and mode shapes. The flutter analysis is carried out using the normal mode method in conjunction with generalised coordinates and two-dimensional unsteady aerodynamic theory of Theodorsen. This is essentially a complex eigenvalue problem in terms of both air-speed and frequency. The flutter determinant is solved by an iterative procedure covering a wide range of air-speeds and frequencies. The computed natural frequencies, mode shapes, flutter speeds and flutter frequencies are compared and contrasted for the two type of aircraft wings and some conclusions are drawn.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Free vibration, Flutter analysis, High aspect ratio aircraft wing, Sailplane, Transport airliner, Dynamic stiffness method, CALFUN
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences > Engineering

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