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Consistent Structural Linearization in Flexible Aircraft Dynamics with Large Rigid-Body Motion

Hesse, H, Palacios, R and Murua, J (2012) Consistent Structural Linearization in Flexible Aircraft Dynamics with Large Rigid-Body Motion AIAA Journal: devoted to aerospace research and development.

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This paper investigates the linearization, using perturbation methods, of the structural deformations in the nonlinear flight dynamic response of aircraft with slender, flexible wings. The starting point is the coupling of a displacement-based, geometrically-nonlinear flexible-body dynamics formulation with the 3D Unsteady Vortex-Lattice Method. This is followed by a consistent linearization of the structural degrees of freedom, which are assumed to be small in a body-fixed reference frame. The translations and rotations of that reference frame and their time derivatives, which describe the vehicle flight dynamics, can still be arbitrarily large. The resulting system preserves all couplings between rigid and elastic motions and can be projected onto a few vibration modes of the unconstrained aircraft with geometrically-nonlinear deflections at a trim condition. Equally, the unsteady aerodynamics can be approximated on a fixed lattice defined by the deformed static geometry. Numerical studies on a representative high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft are presented to illustrate the approach. Results show an improvement compared to those obtained using the mean-axes approximation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering Sciences
Authors : Hesse, H, Palacios, R and Murua, J
Date : 4 September 2012
DOI : 10.2514/6.2012-1402
Additional Information : Copyright 2012 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Sep 2013 09:16
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2019 05:12

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