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Development of moving spars for active aeroelastic structures
Author(s): Michael Amprikidis; Jonathan E. Cooper
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a research program investigating the development of “moving spars” to enable active aeroelastic control of aerospace structures. A number of different concepts have been considered as part of the EU funded Active Aeroelastic Aircraft Structures (3AS) project that enable the control of the bending and torsional stiffness of aircraft wings through changes in the internal aircraft structure. The aeroelastic behaviour, in particular static deflections, can be controlled as desired through changes in the position, orientation and stiffness of the spars. The concept described in this paper is based upon translational movement of the spars. This will result in changes in the torsional stiffness and shear centre position whilst leaving the bending stiffness unaffected. An analytical study of the aeroelastic behaviour demonstrates the benefits of using such an approach. An experimental investigation involving construction and bench testing of the concepts was undertaken to demonstrate its feasibility. Finally, a wind tunnel test of simple wing models constructed using these concepts was performed. The simulated and experimental results show that it is possible to control the wind twist in practice.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 August 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5054, Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (14 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484662
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Amprikidis, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)
Jonathan E. Cooper, Univ. of Manchester (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5054:
Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Eric H. Anderson, Editor(s)

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