Overview of the SmartX Wing Technology Integrator

R. De Breuker, T. Mkhoyan, N. Nazeer, V.L. Stuber, Xuerui Wang, A. Mkhoyan, R.M. Groves, S. van der Zwaag, J. Sodja

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This article describes the challenges of integrating smart sensing, actuation, and control concepts into an over-sensed and over-actuated technology integrator. This technology integrator has more control inputs than the expected responses or outputs (over-actuated), and its every state is measured using more than one sensor system (over-sensed). The hardware integration platform is chosen to be a wind tunnel model of a low-speed aircraft wing such that it can be tested in a large university-level wind tunnel. This hardware technology integrator is designed for multiple objectives. The nature of these objectives is aerodynamic, structural, and aeroelastic, or, more specifically; drag reduction, static and dynamics loads control, aeroelastic stability control, and lift control. Enabling technologies, such as morphing, piezoelectric actuation and sensing, and fibre-optic sensing are selected to fulfil the mentioned objectives. The technology integration challenges are morphing, actuation integration, sensor integration, software and data integration, and control system integration. The built demonstrator shows the intended level of technology integration.
Original languageEnglish
Article number302
Number of pages18
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • autonomous wing
  • over-actuated wing
  • over-sensed wing
  • technology demonstrator


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