In-flight aeroelastic stability of the thermal protection system on the NASA HIAD, Part I: Linear theory

Conical shell theory and piston theory aerodynamics are used to study the aeroelastic stability of the thermal protection system (TPS) on the NASA Hypersonic In atable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD). Structural models of the TPS consist of single or multiple orthotropic conical shell systems resting on several circumferential linear elastic supports. The shells in each model may have pinned (simply-supported) or elastically-supported edges. The Lagrangian is formulated in terms of the generalized coordinates for all displacements and the Rayleigh-Ritz method is used to derive the equations of motion. The natural modes of vibration and aeroelastic stability boundaries are found by calculating the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a large coefficient matrix. When the in- ight configuration of the TPS is approximated as a single shell without elastic supports, asymmetric flutter in many circumferential waves is observed. When the elastic supports are included, the shell flutters symmetrically in zero circumferential waves. Structural damping is found to be important in this case. Aeroelastic models that consider the individual TPS layers as separate shells tend to flutter asymmetrically at high dynamic pressures relative to the single shell models. Several parameter studies also examine the effects of tension, orthotropicity, and elastic support stiffness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goldman, BD; Dowell, EH; Scott, RC

Published Date

  • 2014

Published In

  • 55th AIAA/ASMe/ASCE/AHS/SC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2514/6.2014-1520


  • eng

Citation Source

  • Scopus