Characterizing aeroelastic systems using eigenanalysis, explicitly retaining the aerodynamic degrees of freedom

Journal Article

Discrete time aeroelastic models with explicitly retained aerodynamic modes have been generated employing a time marching vortex lattice aerodynamic model. This paper presents analytical results from eigenanalysis of these models. The potential of these models to calculate the behavior of modes that represent damped system motion (noncritical modes) in addition to the simple harmonic modes is explored. A typical section with only structural freedom in pitch is examined. The eigenvalues are examined and compared to experimental data. Issues regarding the convergence of the solution with regard to refining the aerodynamic discretization are investigated. Eigenvector behavior is examined; the eigenvector associated with a particular eigenvalue can be viewed as the set of modal participation factors for that particular mode. For the present formulation of the equations of motion, the vorticity for each aerodynamic element appears explicitly as an element of each eigenvector in addition to the structural dynamic generalized coordinates. Thus, modal participation of the aerodynamic degrees of freedom can be assessed in addition to participation of structural degrees of freedom. © 2001 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Heeg, J; Dowell, EH

Published Date

  • December 1, 2001

Published In

  • 19th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference

Citation Source

  • Scopus