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Prediction of aircraft dynamics with shape changing wings
Author(s): Edgar Cuji; Ephrahim Garcia
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Paper Abstract

This paper will present the effect of the vehicle dynamics of an aircraft with shape changing wings. The aerodynamic forces will be calculated using a 3D aerodynamic model developed that utilizes a modern adaptation of Prandtl's lifting-line method which can be used for wings of arbitrary camber, sweep and dihedral. The method will be applied to analyze the dynamics of different out-of-plane wing configuration of interest for morphing aircraft application. One particular wing configuration of interest is the wing configuration that has two sections, an out-of-plane dihedral section and a horizontal configuration, like a V shape wing configuration. An investigation as to how the partial dihedral will affect the dynamics of the vehicle, in turning is performed. A Comparison for symmetric and asymmetric wing configurations is performed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6928, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008, 69282B (19 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776351
Show Author Affiliations
Edgar Cuji, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Ephrahim Garcia, Cornell Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6928:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008
Mehdi Ahmadian, Editor(s)

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