Preliminary aeroelastic design framework for composite wings subjected to gust loads

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Abstract

Including a gust analysis in an optimization framework is computationally inefficient as the critical load cases are not known a priori and hence a large number of points within the flight envelope have to be analyzed. Model order reduction techniques can provide significant improvement in computational efficiency of an aeroelastic analysis. In this paper a reduced order aeroelastic model is formulated by reducing the aerodynamic system with a balanced
proper orthogonal decomposition and coupling it to a structural solver. It is demonstrated that the dominant modes of the aerodynamic model can be assumed to be constant for varying equivalent airspeed and Mach number, enabling the use of a single reduced model for the entire flight envelope. Comparison of the results from the full and reduced order aeroelastic model shows a high accuracy of the latter and a large saving in computational cost. A dynamic aeroelastic optimization framework is then formulated using the reduced order aeroelastic model. Results show that both dynamic and static loads play a role in optimization of the wing structure. Furthermore, the worst case gust loads change during the optimization process and hence
it is important to identify the critical loads at every iteration in the optimization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics
Subtitle of host publicationIFASD 2017, 25-28 June 2017 Como, Italy
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event17th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics - Como, Italy
Duration: 25 Jun 201728 Jun 2017
Conference number: 17
http://congressi.fondazionealessandrovolta.it/ifasd2017/

Conference

Conference17th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics
Abbreviated titleIFASD 2017
CountryItaly
CityComo
Period25/06/1728/06/17
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