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Adaptive structural systems and compliant skin technology of morphing aircraft structures
Author(s): Justin Manzo; Ephrahim Garcia; Adam M. Wickenheiser; Garnett C. Horner
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Paper Abstract

Morphing aircraft design - the design of aircraft capable of macroscale shape change for drastic in-flight performance variation - is an extremely broad and underdefined field. Two primary means of developing new concepts in morphing exist at Cornell University: design of broad test platforms with generalized motions that can provide future insight into targeted ideas, and specifically adapted aircraft and shape change mechanisms attempting to accomplish a particular task, or hybridize two existing aircraft platforms. Working with both schools of thought, Cornell research has developed a number of useful concepts that are currently under independent analysis and experimentation, including three devices capable of drastically modifying wing structure on a testbed aircraft. Additional concerns that have arisen include the desire to implement ornithological concepts such as perching and wingtip control, as well as the necessity for a compliant aerodynamic skin for producing flight-worthy structural mechanisms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5390, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (26 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.540348
Show Author Affiliations
Justin Manzo, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Ephrahim Garcia, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Adam M. Wickenheiser, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Garnett C. Horner, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5390:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Alison B. Flatau, Editor(s)

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