Ground vibration tests on a flexible flying wing aircraft

Abhineet Gupta, Peter Seiler, Brian Danowsky

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This paper presents ground vibration test results for a small flexible flying wing aircraft. The aircraft is suspended from a spring and an input force is applied via an electrodynamic shaker. Accelerometer measurements are obtained at twenty points along the aircraft wings. This measured force and acceleration data is post-processed to identify modal frequencies and mode shapes using two different methods. The effect of small changes in the experimental procedure on the identified modal parameters is discussed. The tests were performed on a series of flexible aircraft that were built to study flutter and other aeroelastic phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103902
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2016Jan 8 2016

Publication series

NameAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference


OtherAIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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