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Low energy actuation technique of bistable composites for aircraft morphing

Nicassio, F., Scarselli, G., Pinto, F., Ciampa, F., Iervolino, O. and Meo, M. (2018) Low energy actuation technique of bistable composites for aircraft morphing Aerospace Science and Technology, 75. pp. 35-46.

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Morphing structures for lightweight and energy-efficient aircraft mobile surfaces have been investigated for several years. This paper presents a novel lightweight, passive and low-energy morphing surface concept based on the "lever effect" of a bistable composite plate that can be integrated in aircraft moving surfaces. By using appropriate boundary conditions, it is demonstrated that the magnitude of the activation force on the bistable composite can be tailored to match the differential pressure on the aircraft's airfoil. As a consequence, the bistable laminate can be used as a passive morphing surface. Both numerical simulations and experimental testing are used to prove this concept on a NACA 2412 airfoil structure. The results show that, by choosing proper configuration of constraints, lay-up and aspect ratio of the bistable composite, it is possible to tailor and activate the snap-through mechanism in a passive manner. The proposed concept would save significant weight when compared to an active morphing concept.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors :
Nicassio, F.
Scarselli, G.
Pinto, F.
Iervolino, O.
Meo, M.
Date : April 2018
DOI : 10.1016/j.ast.2017.12.040
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Elsevier Masson SAS
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 13 Sep 2019 14:55
Last Modified : 13 Sep 2019 14:55

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