Wing Stiffness and Hinge Release Threshold Effects on Folding Wingtip Gust Load Alleviation

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An aeroelastic wind tunnel experiment to identify the influence of the wing stiffness and hinge release threshold on the gust load alleviation performance of a folding wingtip design is presented in this study. Five models with different stiffness and tailoring properties are tested and the wing root bending moment at different conditions is compared to the response with locked hinge conditions to assess the impact on the gust load alleviation capabilities of the folding wingtip. The results show that the structural properties do not have an important impact on the peak load alleviation but the hinge release threshold and timing do. Releasing with the correct timing can reduce significantly the peak loads. However, the dynamics of the system are affected by this release: the flutter speed is decreased and, although the performance can improve, load oscillations increase, which can be considered detrimental for reasons such as fatigue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-631-6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventAIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum - virtual event
Duration: 3 Jan 20227 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022


ConferenceAIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum


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