Aeroelastic stability of a cantilevered plate in yawed subsonic flow


Journal Article

The aeroelastic stability of cantilevered plates with their clamped edge oriented both parallel and normal to subsonic flow is a classical fluid-structure interaction problem. When the clamped edge is parallel to the flow the system loses stability in a coupled bending and torsion motion known as wing flutter. When the clamped edge is normal to the flow the instability is exclusively bending and is referred to as flapping flag flutter. This paper explores the stability of plates during the transition between these classic aeroelastic configurations. The aeroelastic model couples a classical beam structural model to a three-dimensional vortex lattice aerodynamic model. The aeroelastic stability is evaluated in the frequency domain and the flutter boundary is presented as the plate is rotated from the flapping flag to the wing configuration. The transition between the flag-like and wing-like instability is often abrupt and the yaw angle of the flow for the transition is dependent on the relative spacing of the first torsion and second bending natural frequencies. This paper also includes ground vibration and aeroelastic experiments carried out in the Duke University Wind Tunnel that confirm the theoretical predictions. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gibbs, CC; Sethna, A; Wang, I; Tang, D; Dowell, E

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 /

Start / End Page

  • 450 - 462

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8622

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0889-9746

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2014.05.006

Citation Source

  • Scopus