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Effective cross-section distribution of anisotropic piezocomposite actuators for wing twist
Author(s): Carlos E. S. Cesnik; Ryan S. Park; Rafael Palacios
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Paper Abstract

The twist actuation of piezocomposite actuators embedded in a composite wing is numerically investigated. Parametric analysis of the actuation authority is conducted for wing cross sections with double and triple cells, considering different distributions of anisotropic piezocomposite actuators. The variational asymptotic beam cross-sectional (VABS) analysis is used to compute the airfoil stiffness, actuation force and mass properties. As a result, the regions with the highest specific actuation are determined and a cost-effective way of adding active material to the cross section is proposed. Results indicate that 50% of the maximum mass penalty associated with the addition of active plies is responsible for generating approximately 80% of the maximum available induced twist.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5056, Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (5 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484656
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Carlos E. S. Cesnik, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Ryan S. Park, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Rafael Palacios, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5056:
Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Amr M. Baz, Editor(s)

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