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Application of Aeroelastic Tailoring for Load Alleviation on a Flying Demonstrator Wing

Krüger, Wolf R. and Meddaikar, Muhammad Yasser and Dillinger, Johannes and Sodja, Jurij and De Breuker, Roeland (2022) Application of Aeroelastic Tailoring for Load Alleviation on a Flying Demonstrator Wing. Aerospace, 9 (10), e535. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/aerospace9100535. ISSN 2226-4310.

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This article presents the application of aeroelastic tailoring in the design of wings for a flying demonstrator, as well as the validation of the design methodology with flight test results. The investigations were performed in the FLEXOP project (Flutter Free Flight Envelope Expansion for Economical Performance Improvement), funded under the Horizon 2020 framework. This project aimed at the validation of methods and tools for active flutter control, as well as at the demonstration of the potential of passive load alleviation through composite tailoring. The technologies were to be demonstrated by the design, manufacturing and flight testing of an unmanned aerial vehicle of approximately 7 m wingspan. This article addresses the work towards the load alleviation goals. The design of the primary load carrying wing box in this task is performed using a joint DLR-TU Delft optimization strategy. Two sets of wings are designed in order to demonstrate the potential benefits of aeroelastic tailoring - first, a reference wing in which the laminates of the wing-box members are restricted to balanced and symmetric laminates; second, a tailored wing in which the laminates are allowed to be unbalanced, hence allowing for the shear-extension and bending-torsion couplings essential for aeroelastic tailoring. Both designs are numerically optimized, then manufactured and extensively tested to validate and improve the simulation models corresponding to the wing designs. Flight tests are performed, the results of which form the basis for the validation of the applied aeroelastic tailoring approach presented in the article.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/188410/
Document Type:Article
Title:Application of Aeroelastic Tailoring for Load Alleviation on a Flying Demonstrator Wing
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Krüger, Wolf R.Wolf.Krueger (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7949-1169
Meddaikar, Muhammad YasserMuhammad.Meddaikar (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9580-7023
Dillinger, JohannesJohannes.Dillinger (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7522-7555
Sodja, JurijJ.Sodja (at) tudelft.nlhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8347-1438
De Breuker, RoelandAerospace Structures, Delft University of Technologyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7882-2173
Date:21 September 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Aerospace
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:e535
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:aeroelastic tailoring, load alleviation, composite optimization, UAV, FLEXOP
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Efficient Vehicle
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L EV - Efficient Vehicle
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Virtual Aircraft and  Validation, L - Digital Technologies
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aeroelasticity > Loads Analysis and Aeroelastic Design
Deposited By: Krüger, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolf R.
Deposited On:22 Sep 2022 10:28
Last Modified:22 Sep 2022 10:28

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