Aeroelastic behavior of noise-reducing membranes for aircraft lifting surfaces part II: Experimen


Journal Article

Commercial transport aircrafts generate a large amount of noise during approach and landing. A significant portion of this noise is due to the interaction of vortices and structure at the discontinuity between the wing and the deployed trailing edge flap. One method to reduce this noise is to introduce a thin exible fairing, known as a continuous mold-line link, that can smoothly connect the edge of the flap to the wing. For design purposes, it is important to analyze the aeroelastic behavior of such fairings, which can be modeled as membranes or panels. Past studies have con- sidered panel flutter with an assortment of boundary conditions, but only recently have efforts begun to consider boundary conditions that apply specifically to the continuous mold-line link, and experimental results are relatively scarce compared to traditionally studied panel flutter configurations. This paper summarizes the results of structural dynamics and aeroelastic experiments for a simplified version of the continuous mold-line link using a candidate material supplied by NASA. The material specimen is clamped in a baffle, and the natural frequencies and mode shapes are measured using impact tests and sine sweep tests. The specimen is also tested in the wind tunnel to measure flutter speed, frequency, and mode shapes. The results are used to validate the theoretical models. © 2012 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, I; Gibbs, SC; Bloomhardt, EM; Dowell, EH

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

  • 53rd Aiaa/Asme/Asce/Ahs/Asc Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference 2012

Citation Source

  • Scopus