Improving Horizontal Stabilizer Performance Using Aeroelastic Tailoring

Ronald C M Cheung, Djamel Rezgui, Jonathan E Cooper, Richard Green, Raul Llamas-sandin

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Horizontal stabilizers fitted to conventional passenger jets typically exhibit increased washout under aerodynamic load. Such aeroelastic behavior reduces the lift generated by the stabilizers and the achievable lift-curve slope. In order to satisfy control and stability requirements, this loss of performance is often compensated by increasing the size and structural stiffness of the stabilizers, both of which add to the overall aircraft weight. This work explores using aeroelastic tailoring to minimize such a performance deficit by considering the optimal skin layup for inducing a favorable static aeroelastic response. This paper reports on the design and vibration testing of a wind tunnel prototype of such construction, intended to experimentally demonstrate the improvement achieved in the forward, backward and zero-sweep configurations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA SCITECH 2022 Forum
Subtitle of host publicationSession: Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel and Flight Testing I
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-631-6
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2021
Event2022 AIAA SciTech Forum - San Diego, United States
Duration: 3 Jan 20227 Jan 2022


Conference2022 AIAA SciTech Forum
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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