An active variable camber continuous trailing edge flapped wing wind tunnel model for aeroelastic “in-flight” shape optimization tests

Nathan Precup, Tyler Mundt, Marat Mor, Eli Livne

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Abstract

The University of Washington designed and fabricated an aeroelastically scaled wing model for low-speed wind tunnel tests of real-time optimization-based continuous camber and twist shaping concepts for the SSCI DIRECT project. The model has twelve independently controlled trailing edge control surfaces. It was designed for the University of Washington’s Kirsten Wind Tunnel. Development of the model followed the successful development and wind tunnel tests of smaller earlier VCCTEF configured aeroelastic models for tests in which setting of the angles of the individual trailing edge segments was performed by hand. One of the major challenges with the new active model was to “package” the flap segment actuators into the outer mold line (OML) of the clean wing so that no external fairings or protuberances would adversely impact the drag characteristics of the wing. Detailed analytical models for the structural dynamic and aeroelastic behavior of the new model were created and validated by static loads and modal tests. Wind tunnel runs were carried out to measure lift / drag characteristics of the new model and to gain experience with its continuous communication with the data acquisition system of the wind tunnel and the commanding control algorithms created by SSCI and NASA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105500
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event19th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2018 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2018Jun 29 2018

Publication series

Name2018 Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference

Conference

Conference19th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period6/25/186/29/18

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful for contribution by Eliot George and Fiona Spencer at the University of Washington William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. At the Kirsten Wind Tunnel: many thanks to Carl Knowlen and the student crew. Thanks also to Casey Chandler and Kyle Nyberg. Aeronautical Testing Service, Inc. (ATS) provided design advice and manufacturing support. The support of Nhan Nguyen and his team at NASA Ames research center and Jovan Boskovic at Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) made this project possible.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved.

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