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A parametric study on a bio-inspired continuously morphing trailing edge
Author(s): Amin Moosavian; Eun Jung Chae; Alexander M. Pankonien; Andrew J. Lee; Daniel J. Inman
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Paper Abstract

Inspired by the wave-like camber variation in the trailing edge feathers of large birds, the aerodynamic impact of similar variations in the geometry of morphing wings is investigated. The scope of this problem is reduced by exploring parametrically generated geometries derived from an existing morphing wing design, namely the Spanwise Morphing Trailing Edge (SMTE), which is actuated via conformally integrated Macro Fiber Composites (MFCs). Utilizing this design, the deformation of the trailing edge of the SMTE is parameterized as a function of the spanwise location using a sinusoidal relationship. The aerodynamic responses are then obtained using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations, while the efficacy of the proposed approach is explored using a Pareto-like frontier approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10162, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017, 1016204 (17 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257582
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Amin Moosavian, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Eun Jung Chae, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Alexander M. Pankonien, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Andrew J. Lee, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Daniel J. Inman, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10162:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017
Mato Knez; Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Editor(s)

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