Two-dimensional transonic aeroservoelastic computations in the time domain

L Djayapertapa, CB Allen, SP Fiddes

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A computational method to perform transonic aeroelastic and aeroservoelastic calculations in the time domain is presented, and used to predict stability (flutter) boundaries of 2-D wing sections. The aerodynamic model is a cell-centred finite-volume unsteady Euler solver, which uses an efficient implicit time-stepping scheme and structured moving grids. The aerodynamic equations are coupled with the structural equations of motion, which are derived from a typical wing section model. A control law is implemented within the aeroelastic solver to investigate active means of flutter suppression via control surface motion. Comparisons of open- and closed-loop calculations show that the control law can successfully suppress the flutter and results in an increase of up to 19 per cent in the allowable speed index. The effect of structural non-linearity, in the form of hinge axis backlash is also investigated. The effect is found to be strongly destabilizing, but the control law is shown to still alleviate the destabilizing effect.
Translated title of the contributionTwo-dimensional transonic aeroservoelastic computations in the time domain
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1355 - 1377
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume52 (12)
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

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Publisher: Wiley

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