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The application of thermally induced multistable composites to morphing aircraft structures
Author(s): Filippo Mattioni; Paul M. Weaver; Kevin D. Potter; Michael I. Friswell
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Paper Abstract

One approach to morphing aircraft is to use bistable or multistable structures that have two or more stable equilibrium configurations to define a discrete set of shapes for the morphing structure. Moving between these stable states may be achieved using an actuation system or by aerodynamic loads. This paper considers three concepts for morphing aircraft based on multistable structures, namely a variable sweep wing, bistable blended winglets and a variable camber trailing edge. The philosophy behind these concepts is outlined, and simulated and experimental results are given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6930, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2008, 693012 (1 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776226
Show Author Affiliations
Filippo Mattioni, Bristol Univ. (United Kingdom)
Paul M. Weaver, Bristol Univ. (United Kingdom)
Kevin D. Potter, Bristol Univ. (United Kingdom)
Michael I. Friswell, Bristol Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6930:
Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2008
L. Porter Davis; Benjamin Kyle Henderson; M. Brett McMickell, Editor(s)

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