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Shape memory alloy TiNi actuators for twist control of smart wing designs
Author(s): A. Peter Jardine; Jayanth N. Kudva; Christopher A. Martin; Kari Appa
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Paper Abstract

On high performance military aircraft, small changes in both wing twist and wing camber have the potential to provide substantial payoffs in terms of additional lift and enhanced maneuverability. To achieve the required wing shape, actuators made of smart materials are currently being studied under an ARPA/WL contract for a subscale model of a fighter aircraft. The use of the shape memory alloy TiNi for wing twist actuation was investigated using shape memory effect (SME) torque tube actuator configurations. The actuator configurations were sized to fit inside a 16% scale model of an aircraft wing and the torque's supplied to the wing were similarly calculated from full-scale requirements. The actuator systems were tested in a conventional laboratory setting. Design and calibration of the actuators for wing twist are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2717, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239077
Show Author Affiliations
A. Peter Jardine, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Jayanth N. Kudva, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Christopher A. Martin, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
Kari Appa, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2717:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Inderjit Chopra, Editor(s)

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