Aeroelastic response induced by free play, Part 2: Theoretical/experimental correlation analysis


Journal Article

An experimental model for an all-movable horizontal tail with a free-play gap in the actuating mechanism at the root of the tail wing was designed and constructed. The flutter response and nonlinear limit-cycle oscillations induced by a free-play gap have been measured in the Duke University wind tunnel, including gust response measurements.A computational code has been developed for aeroelastic analysis using a linear three-dimensional time-domain vortex lattice aerodynamic model. The computational code is used to study the flutter limit-cycle-oscillation response induced by a free-play gap and the gust response with these free-play gaps. The effects of the nominal angle of attack on limit-cycle oscillation and gust excitation are also studied. The theoretical and experimental correlation shows that the angle of attack significantly affects the limit-cycle oscillation behavior and, if sufficiently large, may suppress the limit-cycle oscillation entirely. The computed results are compared with the experimental data with reasonably good quantitative agreement between theory and experiment for flutter and limit-cycle oscillation. Copyright © 2011 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tang, D; Dowell, EH

Published Date

  • January 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2543 - 2554

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-1452

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2514/1.J051056

Citation Source

  • Scopus