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Experimental aeroelastic control using adaptive wing model concepts
Author(s): Antonio P. Costa; Paulo A. Moniz; Afzal Suleman
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Paper Abstract

The focus of this study is to evaluate the aeroelastic performance and control of adaptive wings. Ailerons and flaps have been designed and implemented into 3D wings for comparison with adaptive structures and active aerodynamic surface control methods. The adaptive structures concept, the experimental setup and the control design are presented. The wind-tunnel tests of the wing models are presented for the open- and closed-loop systems. The wind tunnel testing has allowed for quantifying the effectiveness of the piezoelectric vibration control of the wings, and also provided performance data for comparison with conventional aerodynamic control surfaces. The results indicate that a wing utilizing skins as active structural elements with embedded piezoelectric actuators can be effectively used to improve the aeroelastic response of aeronautical components. It was also observed that the control authority of adaptive wings is much greater than wings using conventional aerodynamic control surfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4332, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (14 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.429680
Show Author Affiliations
Antonio P. Costa, Portuguese Air Force Academy (Portugal)
Paulo A. Moniz, Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal)
Afzal Suleman, Univ. of Victoria (Portugal)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4332:
Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, Editor(s)

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