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Adaptive smart wing design for military aircraft: requirements, concepts, and payoffs
Author(s): Jayanth N. Kudva; Kari Appa; Craig B. Van Way; Allen J. Lockyer
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Paper Abstract

New developments in smart structures and materials have made it possible to revisit earlier work in adaptive and flexible wing technology, and remove some of the limitations for technology transition to next-generation aircraft. Research performed by Northrop Grumman, under internal funding, has led to a new program sponsored by ARPA to investigate the application of smart structures and materials technologies to twist and adapt and aircraft wing. Conceptual designs are presented based on state-of-the-art materials, including shape memory alloys, piezoelectrics, and fiber optic sensors for incorporation in a proposed smart wing design. Plans are described to demonstrate proof-of-concept on a prototype 1/10 scale -18 model that will be tested in a wind tunnel for final validation. Highlights of the proposed program are summarized with respect to program objectives, requirements, key concept design features, demonstration testing, and smart wing technology payoffs and risks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2447, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209347
Show Author Affiliations
Jayanth N. Kudva, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Kari Appa, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Craig B. Van Way, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Allen J. Lockyer, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2447:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
C. Robert Crowe; Gary L. Anderson, Editor(s)

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