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Overview of the ARPA/WL "Smart Structures and Materials Development-Smart Wing" contract
Author(s): Jayanth N. Kudva; A. Peter Jardine; Christopher A. Martin; Kari Appa
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Paper Abstract

While the concept of an adaptive aircraft wing, i.e., a wing whose shape parameters such as camber, wing twist, and thickness can be varied to optimize the wing shape for various flight conditions, has been extensively studied, the complexity and weight penalty of the actuation mechanisms have precluded their practical implementation. Recent development of sensors and actuators using smart materials could potentially alleviate the shortcomings of prior designs, paving the way for a practical, `smart' adaptive wing which responds to changes in flight and environmental conditions by modifying its shape to provide optimal performance. This paper presents a summary of recent work done on adaptive wing designs under an on-going ARPA/WL contract entitled `Smart Structures and Materials Development--Smart Wing.' Specifically, the design, development and planned wind tunnel testing of a 16% model representative of a fighter aircraft wing and incorporating the following features, are discussed: (1) a composite wing torque box whose span-wise twist can be varied by activating built-in shape memory alloy (SMA) torque tubes to provide increased lift and enhanced maneuverability at multiple flight conditions, (2) trailing edge control surfaces deployed using composite SMA actuators to provide smooth, hingeless aerodynamic surfaces, and (3) a suite of fiber optic sensors integrated into the wing skin which provide real-time strain and pressure data to a feedback control system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2721, Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (1 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.239124
Show Author Affiliations
Jayanth N. Kudva, Northrop Grumman Corp. (United States)
A. Peter Jardine, 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. 2721:
Smart Structures and Materials 1996: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
C. Robert Crowe, Editor(s)

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