Title page for ETD etd-12212001-161117

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pettit, Gregory William
URN etd-12212001-161117
Title Model to Evaluate the Aerodynamic Energy Requirements of Active Materials in Morphing Wings
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robertshaw, Harry H. Committee Chair
Inman, Daniel J. Committee Member
Kapania, Rakesh K. Committee Member
  • and Smart Materials
  • Energy
  • Wings
  • Control
  • Morphing
Date of Defense 2001-12-07
Availability unrestricted
A computational model is presented which predicts the force, stroke, and energy needed to overcome aerodynamic loads encountered by morphing wings during aircraft maneuvers. This low-cost model generates wing section shapes needed to follow a desired flight path, computes the resulting aerodynamic forces using a unique combination of conformal mapping and the vortex panel method, computes the longitudinal motion of the simulated aircraft, and closes the loop with a zero-error control law. The aerodynamic force prediction method has been verified against two more expensive codes. This overall model will be used to predict the performance of morphing wings and the requirements for the active material actuators in the wings.

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