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Shape memory alloy adjustable camber (SMAAC) control surfaces
Author(s): Charles H. Beauchamp
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Paper Abstract

The SMAAC control surface concept is an adjustable camber foil which isactuated by shape memory alloy wires to control flight of hydrodynamic or aerodynamicvehicles. An operational model of a SMAAC control surface was fabricated anddemonstrated in a water tunnel. Lift measurements in the water tunnel indicated that theSMAAC foil produces 40% higher lift force than rigid foils at.the same angle of attack.Flow visualization showed that the wake behind a SMAAC foil was a factor of 3 smallerthan the rigid foil at equivalent lift. The next generation SMAAC design is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1992
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1777, First European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, 177712 (1 May 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.2298061
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Charles H. Beauchamp, Naval Undersea Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1777:
First European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials
Brian Culshaw; Peter T. Gardiner; Alaster McDonach, Editor(s)

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