Computational and experimental analysis of the active morphing wing concept

D. D. Smith*, M. H. Lowenberg, D. P. Jones, M. I. Friswell

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Abstract

High fidelity computational and experimental analysis has been performed upon a conventional aircraft wing with variable outer twist and dihedral angle. Results are aimed to confirm initial trends in aerodynamic and structural efficiency observed through previous optimisation studies. Computational results are obtained with the DLR Tau computational fluid dynamics code and experimental testing has been performed in the University of Bristol low speed wind tunnel. Outer twist variation of ±3° and dihedral angles from planar up to 90° C-wing geometries are tested for a range of incidence angles. Results demonstrate the potential effectiveness of a number of differing configurations and emphasise the sensitivity of the outcome to the analysis method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012
PublisherICAS Secretariat
Pages1404-1412
Number of pages9
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Event28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012 - Brisbane, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Sept 201228 Sept 2012

Conference

Conference28th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences 2012, ICAS 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBrisbane
Period23/09/1228/09/12

Keywords

  • CFD
  • Euler
  • Experimental aerodynamics
  • Morphing
  • Winglet

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