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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Issac, Jason Cherian
URN etd-06062008-164301
Title Sensitivity analysis of wing aeroelastic responses
Degree PhD
Department Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Grossman, Bernard M. Committee Member
Haftka, Raphael T. Committee Member
Johnson, Eric R. Committee Member
Kapania, Rakesh K. Committee Member
Librescu, Liviu Committee Member
Keywords
  • wing flutter speed
Date of Defense 1995-11-05
Availability restricted
Abstract
Design for prevention of aeroelastic instability (that is, the critical speeds leading to aeroelastic instability lie outside the operating range) is an integral part of the wing design process. Availability of the sensitivity derivatives of the various critical speeds with respect to shape parameters of the wing could be very useful to a designer in the initial design phase, when several design changes are made and the shape of the final configuration is not yet frozen. These derivatives are also indispensable for a gradient-based optimization with aeroelastic constraints.

In this study, flutter characteristic of a typical section in subsonic compressible flow is examined using a state-space unsteady aerodynamic representation. The sensitivity of the flutter speed of the typical section with respect to its mass and stiffness parameters, namely, mass ratio, static unbalance, radius of gyration, bending frequency and torsional frequency is calculated analytically. A strip-theory formulation is newly developed to represent the unsteady aerodynamic forces on a wing. This is coupled with an equivalent plate structural model based on a Rayleigh-Ritz formulation and the aeroelastic equations are solved as an eigenvalue problem to determine the critical speed of the wing. The sensitivity of divergence and flutter speeds to shape parameters, namely, aspect ratio, area, taper ratio and sweep angle are computed analytically. The aeroelastic equations are also integrated with respect to time using the Wilson-B method at different values of freest ream speed, to observe the aeroelastic phenomena in real time. of divergence and flutter speeds to shape parameters, namely, aspect ratio, area, taper ratio and sweep angle are computed analytically. The aeroelastic equations are also integrated with respect to time using the Wilson-B method at different values of freest ream speed, to observe the aeroelastic phenomena in real time.

Flutter analysis of the wing is also carried out using a lifting-surface subsonic kernel function aerodynamic theory (FAST) and an equivalent plate structural model The flutter speed is obtained using a V-g type of solution. The novel method of automatic differentiation using ADIFOR is implemented to generate exact derivatives of the flutter speed with respect to shape and modal parameters of the wing.

Finite element modeling of the wing is done using NASTRAN so that wing structures made of spars and ribs and top and bottom wing skins could be analyzed. The free vibration modes of the wing obtained from NASTRAN are input into FAST to compute the flutter speed. The derivatives of flutter speed with respect to shape parameters are computed using a combination of central difference scheme and ADIFOR and the sensitivity to modal parameters is calculated using ADIFOR.

An equivalent plate model which incorporates first-order shear deformation theory is then examined so it can be used to model thick wings, where shear deformations are important. The sensitivity of natural frequencies to changes in shape parameters is obtained using ADIFOR. A simple optimization effort is made towards obtaining a minimum weight design of the wing, subject to flutter constraints, lift requirement constraints for level flight and side constraints on the planform parameters of the wing using the IMSL subroutine NCONG, which uses successive quadratic programming.

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