Aeroelastic airfoil with free play at angle of attack with gust excitation


Journal Article

A theoretical and experimental aeroelastic study of a typical airfoil section with control surface free play for nonzero angle of attack in low subsonic flow is presented. The study includes the flutter and limit cycle oscillation behavior and also the linear and nonlinear aeroelastic responses excited by periodic gust loads. The theoretical approach uses Peters's finite state airloads model. The experimental investigation has been carried out in the Duke University wind tunnel using a rotating slotted cylinder gust generator. The theoretical and experimental results show that the self-excited aeroelastic limit cycle oscillation is sensitive to the effect of initial pitch angle. For the gust response, the effect of initial pitch angle is smaller for the plunge and pitch responses and is larger for the flap response. The fair to good quantitative agreement between theory and experiment verifies that the present analytical approach has reasonable accuracy and good computational efficiency for nonlinear aeroelastic response analysis of such systems. © 2009 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tang, D; Dowell, EH

Published Date

  • February 1, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 427 - 442

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-1452

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2514/1.44538

Citation Source

  • Scopus