Flutter of an infinitely long panel in a duct
The aeroelastic stability is examined of an infinitely long panel of finite width enclosed in a duct such that both the upper and lower surfaces of the panel are exposed to an inviscid, and compressible flow. The panel behavior is accounted for by small deflection plate theory, whereas the aerodynamic forces acting on the panel are described by the classical linearized small disturbance potential theory. Two panel boundary conditions are considered; the panel is assumed to be either simply supported, or clamped along the side edges. For the simply supported case, rather extensive numerical results have been obtained for the flutter velocity indicating the effects of Mach number, air/panel mass ratio, and duct dimensions.