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Post-buckled precompressed (PBP) subsonic micro flight control actuators and surfaces
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a new class of flight control actuators using Post-Buckled Precompressed (PBP) piezoelectric elements to provide much improved actuator performance. These PBP actuator elements are modeled using basic large deflection Euler-beam estimations accounting for laminated plate effects. The deflection estimations are then coupled to a high rotation kinematic model which translates PBP beam bending to stabilator deflections. A test article using PZT-5H piezoceramic sheets built into an active bender element was fitted with an elastic band which induced much improved deflection levels. Statically the bender element was capable of producing unloaded end rotations on the order of ±2.6°. With axial compression, the end deflections were shown to increase nearly 4-fold. The PBP element was then fitted with a graphite-epoxy aeroshell which was designed to pitch around a tubular stainless steel main spar. Quasi-static bench testing showed excellent correlation between theory and experiment through ±25° of pitch deflection. Finally, wind tunnel testing was conducted at airspeeds up to 120kts (62m/s, 202ft/s). Testing showed that deflections up through ±20° could be maintained at even the highest flight speed. The stabilator showed no flutter or divergence tendencies at all flight speeds. At higher deflection levels, it was shown that a slight degradation deflection was induced by nose-down pitching moments generated by separated flow conditions induced by extremely high angles of attack.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6525, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2007, 65250M (27 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.711561
Show Author Affiliations
Ron Barrett, The Univ. of Kansas (United States)
Roelof Vos, The Univ. of Kansas (United States)
Roeland De Breuker, Technical Univ. of Delft (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6525:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2007
Yuji Matsuzaki; Mehdi Ahmadian; Donald J. Leo, Editor(s)

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