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Identification of military morphing aircraft missions and morphing technology assessment
Author(s): Jason Bowman; Brian P. Sanders; Terrence A. Weisshaar
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Paper Abstract

Morphing as an independent variable is addressed. Potential missions to demonstrate the value of morphing are presented and discussed. The effects of morphing on vehicle kinematics is demonstrated for takeoff, landing, and turn rate. At the system level, the effects of variable lift-to-drag ratio and specific fuel consumption on vehicle weight are examined for cruising flight. An example mission is presented to demonstrate how morphing can be implemented in constraint and sizing analyses, which are at the core of the aircraft conceptual design process. A comparison of morphing and non-morphing aircraft weights is made. It is demonstrated in some cases morphing adds weight due to requiring a structure to complete two missions. The requirement for new structural concepts is briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4698, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (9 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475103
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Jason Bowman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Brian P. Sanders, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Terrence A. Weisshaar, Purdue Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4698:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, Editor(s)

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