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Improved aircraft roll maneuver performance using smart deformable wings
Author(s): Rama K. Yedavalli; Narendra S. Khot; Seung-Keon Kwak
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the aspects of modeling and control design methodology for improving roll maneuver performance in aircrafts (for achieving a desired roll rate) by deforming a flexible wing with piezoelectric actuation and sensing are studied. An integrated finite element model of a laminated composite plate embedded with smart piezo actuators and sensors subject to aerodynamic loading giving rise to a steady roll rate is developed. The resulting model in the generalized coordinates which has nonsymmetric aerodynamic damping matrix and a nonsymmetric stiffness matrix (due to aerodynamic stiffness) is then transformed to real but nonorthogonal modal coordinates and a reduced order model is developed. A new control design algorithm based on `Reciprocal State Space' framework is then developed to achieve the desired roll rate and to simultaneously suppress the flexible mode vibrations. The research carried out clearly delineates the relationship and interaction between the structural, aerodynamic and piezo actuation based control subsystems and underscores the importance, potential and the vast scope of the proposed integrated approach to improve aircraft maneuver performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3323, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316354
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Rama K. Yedavalli, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Narendra S. Khot, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Seung-Keon Kwak, The Ohio State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3323:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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