Wing structures subjected to large deflections are prone to nonlinear load-deflection behavior. Geometric nonlinearities can arise due to the accompanying large rotations and in-plane deflections that manifest in the form of stiffening effects in the nonlinear static response. To account for these nonlinearities, reduced-order modeling techniques in combination with nonlinear finite element formulations have been previously proposed. However, these methods often have a limited range of validity due to linear eigenmode-based formulations with assumptions of small rotations. In this paper, a large deflection analysis framework based on the Koiter–Newton model reduction technique is presented. It is demonstrated that the reduced model in its basic form is ineffective for large deflection analysis. To resolve this, an incremental updating procedure is used for the reduced-order model that incorporates the necessary nonlinear effects. The model updating enables the computation of nonlinear response for a large range of deflections.
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