The application of thermally induced multistable composites to morphing aircraft structures

F Mattioni, PM Weaver, KD Potter, MI Friswell

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Abstract

One approach to morphing aircraft is to use bistable or multistable structures that have two or more stable equilibrium configurations to define a discrete set of shapes for the morphing structure. Moving between these stable states may be achieved using an actuation system or by aerodynamic loads. This paper considers three concepts for morphing aircraft based on multistable structures, namely a variable sweep wing, bistable blended winglets and a variable camber trailing edge. The philosophy behind these concepts is outlined, and simulated and experimental results are given.
Translated title of the contributionThe application of thermally induced multistable composites to morphing aircraft structures
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSPIE Smart Structures and Materials & Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring
EditorsLP Davis, BK Henderson, MB McMickell
Place of PublicationBELLINGHAM
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Pages6930 - 6938
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-7116-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
EventConference on Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies - San Diego, Canada
Duration: 10 Mar 200811 Mar 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
Volume6930
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceConference on Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
CountryCanada
CitySan Diego
Period10/03/0811/03/08

Bibliographical note

Name and Venue of Event: San Diego, California
Conference Organiser: SPIE

Keywords

  • variable sweep wing
  • morphing
  • bistable structure
  • winglet

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