Nonlinear aeroelasticity and unsteady aerodynamics


Journal Article

In this von Kármán lecture, a subject is addressed whose foundations were significantly influenced by the work of Theodore von Kármán. A classic paper by von Kármán and Sears first considered the determination of aerodynamic forces on an airfoil undergoing general time-dependent motion. Also, early in his career, von Kármán investigated fundamental issues in structural mechanics and derived the celebrated von Kármán plate equations for determining the large (nonlinear) deflections of an elastic plate under a distributed force. Finally, he authored a widely cited paper on the importance of nonlinearities for engineers and engineering. In this lecture, these themes are recalled and the current state of the art in nonlinear aeroelasticity and unsteady aerodynamics is discussed. Several of the most significant nonlinearities arising in a structure or in an aerodynamic flow field are identified. Recent and relevant theoretical and experimental studies are reviewed and future developments are projected that are expected to have a significant impact on our ability to understand and beneficially use nonlinear dynamic aeroelastic behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dowell, EH; Tang, D

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1697 - 1707

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-1452

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2514/2.1853

Citation Source

  • Scopus