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Pressure adaptive honeycomb: a new adaptive structure for aerospace applications
Author(s): Roelof Vos; Ron Barrett
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Paper Abstract

A new type of adaptive structure is presented that relies on pressurized honeycomb cells that extent a significant length with respect to the plane of the hexagons. By varying the pressure inside each of the cells, the stiffness can be altered. A variable stiffness in combination with an externally applied force field results in a fully embedded pressure adaptive actuator that can yield strains well beyond the state-of-the-art in adaptive materials. The stiffness change as a function of the pressure is modeled by assigning an equivalent material stiffness to the honeycomb walls that accounts for both the inherent material stiffness as the pressure-induced stiffness. A finite element analysis of a beam structure that relies on this model is shown to correlate well to experimental results of a three-point bend test. To demonstrate the concept of embedded pressure adaptive honeycomb, an wind tunnel test article with adaptive flap has been constructed and tested in a low speed wind tunnel. It has been proven that by varying the cell pressure the flap changed its geometry and subsequently altered the lift coefficient.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7647, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010, 76472B (31 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847031
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Roelof Vos, The Univ. of Kansas (United States)
Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Ron Barrett, The Univ. of Kansas (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7647:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2010
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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