Active wing shaping control for an elastic aircraft
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Nobleheart, Wilfred. 2014. Active Wing Shaping Control for an Elastic Aircraft. -- In Proceedings: 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, Ks: Wichita State University, p. 134
This paper discusses active wing shaping control strategies for an elastic aircraft, with highly flexible wings. The objective of in-flight wing shaping is to ensure that the local angle of attack distribution on the wing is optimal at every flight condition so as to result in reduced drag during cruise. The wings are constructed using lightweight materials as a means to reduce aircraft weight - use of such materials ensures that strength and durability is retained, but results in reduced structural rigidity. This increase in structural flexibility leads to a significant increase in the effects of aeroelastic interaction forces and moments, which can lead to important aircraft stability and control issues.
Presented to the 10th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 25, 2014.
Research completed at Department of Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering