WIT Press


Variable-state Design Parameters In The Design Of Aero-structures Made Of Intrinsically Smart Materials

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/HPSM080431

Volume

97

Pages

10

Page Range

421 - 430

Published

2008

Size

368 kb

Author(s)

A. Maheri & A. T. Isikveren

Abstract

The aerodynamic performance of aero-structures made of intrinsically smart materials, such as aeroelastic tailored wings and blades, cannot be obtained unless their material properties and structural characteristics are also known. The aerodynamic design of these structures is a naturally integrated design problem in which the set of design parameters comprises both aerodynamic and structural characteristics of the aero-structure. This paper references the inevitable problems arising when adopting an integrated design approach, suggesting an alternative approach for design of these structures. The concept of Variable State Design Parameters (VSDP) is introduced in this paper and it is explained how VSDP can be employed to convert the traditional integrated design process of intrinsically smart aero-structures, to a decoupled and hence computationally efficient design process. Through a design case study the practicality and efficiency of the new approach have been demonstrated. Keywords: Variable State Design Parameter, smart structures, elastic coupling, aeroelastic tailoring, deign decoupling. 1 Introduction The advent of smart materials has made the idea of shape-changing aerodynamic structures practical. Many research projects on using smart materials to control the shape of wings have been reported in the last decade, for instance see [1–4]. Simultaneously rotor blades made of smart materials have found many practical

Keywords

Variable State Design Parameter, smart structures, elastic coupling, aeroelastic tailoring, deign decoupling.