Effects of a free-to-roll fuselage on wing flutter: Theory and experiment


Journal Article

Copyright © 2014 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved. A theoretical study of a wing-fuselage combination with a rigid-body roll degree of freedom for the fuselage and elastic modes for the wing is presented along with a companion wind-tunnel test. The full-span wing dynamics are modeled using a linear-plate wing structure theory. A component modal analysis is used to derive the full structural equations of motion for the wing-fuselage combination system. A three-dimensional time-domain vortex-lattice aerodynamic model is also used to investigate flutter of the linear aeroelastic system. The experimentally observed flutter mode is antisymmetric, although theory suggests that the symmetric-mode flutter velocity is only modestly higher than that for the antisymmetric modes. Correlation between theory and experiment for flutter velocity and frequency is good. The experimentally observed postflutter response is a limit-cycle oscillation, and this is worthy of further study using an appropriate nonlinear theory.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tang, D; Dowell, EH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 2625 - 2632

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-1452

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2514/1.J052562

Citation Source

  • Scopus