Theory and experiment for flutter of a rectangular plate with a fixed leading edge in three-dimensional axial flow


Journal Article

This paper explores cantilevered beam flutter for both clamped and pinned leading edge boundary conditions. Specifically, a three-dimensional vortex lattice panel method is coupled with a classical Lagrangian one-dimensional beam structural model to predict the linear flutter boundary for finite size rectangular plates. The paper explores the change in flutter characteristics as a function of the fluid to structure mass ratio and the structural aspect ratio. The paper also presents an exploration of the non-monotonic transition in flutter velocity between the pinned-free and clamped-free boundary conditions which is modeled using a leading edge torsional spring. The theoretical results are compared to vibration and aeroelastic test results collected in the Duke University wind tunnel as well as previous theoretical and experimental results for the leading edge clamped configuration. The aeroelastic experiments confirmed the validity of the three-dimensional vortex lattice aerodynamic model over a subset of mass ratios. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chad Gibbs, S; Wang, I; Dowell, E

Published Date

  • October 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 /

Start / End Page

  • 68 - 83

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8622

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0889-9746

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2012.06.009

Citation Source

  • Scopus