Design of a smart morphing wing using integrated and distributed trailing edge camber morphing

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Abstract

In this study, the design and development of an autonomous morphing wing concept were investigated. This morphing wing was developed in the scope of, the Smart-X project, aiming to demonstrate in-flight performance optimisation. This study proposed a novel distributed morphing concept, with six Translation Induced Camber (TRIC) morphing trailing edge modules, interconnected triangular skin segments joined by an elastomer material to allow seamless variation of local lift distribution along the wingspan. An FSI structural optimisation tool was developed, to achieve this optimised design, and to produce an optimal laminate design of fibre Glass weave material, capable of reaching target shapes and minimise actuation loads. Analysis of the kinematic model of the embedded actuator was performed, and a conventional actuator design was selected to continuously operate at the required load and fulfil both static and dynamic requirements in terms of bandwidth, actuation force and stroke. Preparations were made in this study for the next stage of the Smart-X design, to refine the morphing mechanism design and build a functional demonstrator for wind tunnel testing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2020 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2020
PublisherASME
ISBN (Electronic)9780791884027
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventASME 2020 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2020 - Virtual/online event due to COVID-19
Duration: 15 Sep 202015 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameASME 2020 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2020

Conference

ConferenceASME 2020 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2020
Period15/09/2015/09/20

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