Dynamic Load Alleviation of Flexible Aircraft in Wake Vortex Encounters

Hesse, H. and Palacios, R. (2015) Dynamic Load Alleviation of Flexible Aircraft in Wake Vortex Encounters. In: 16th International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics (IFASD 2015), Saint Petersburg, Russia, 28 June - 2 July 2015,

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This paper introduces an integrated approach for flexible-aircraft time-domain aeroelastic simulation and controller design suitable for wake encounter situations. The dynamic response of the vehicle, which may be subject to large wing deformations in trimmed flight, is described by a geometrically-nonlinear composite-beam finite-element model. The aerodynamics is modeled using the unsteady vortex lattice method and includes the arbitrary time-domain downwash distributions of a wake encounter. A consistent linearization in the structural degrees of freedom enables the use of balancing methods to reduce the problem size while retaining the nonlinear terms in the rigid-body equations. Numerical studies on a very flexible aircraft demonstrate the reduced-order modeling approach for load calculations in wake vortex encounters over a large parameter space. Closed-loop results finally explore the potential of combining feedforward/feedback H∞ control and conventional control surfaces for load alleviation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hesse, Dr Henrik
Authors: Hesse, H., and Palacios, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity

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