Aeroelasticity State-of-the-Art Practices


In recent years there has been a renewed interest in aeroelasticity arising from high performance aerospace systems, multiple control surface configurations, and pathologies associated with nonlinear behavior. This course provides a brief overview of aeroelasticity and examines many new "fronts" currently being pursued in aeroelasticity that include reduced-order models, integrated fluid-structural dynamic models, ground vibration testing, wind tunnel tests, robust flutter identification approaches for wind tunnel and flight test programs, aeroservoelasticity, and aeroelasticity of very flexible aircraft. The course will emphasize current practices in both analytical and experimental approaches within industry and government labs, as well as advances as pursued by these organizations with the support of university research.

Key Topics:

  • Background
  • Ground Testing
  • Analysis
  • Aeroservoelasticity
  • Flight Tests
  • Special Topics

Who Should Attend:

People who attend this course are those who wish to learn the principles of aeroelasticity, acquire an understanding of new approaches in aeroelastic theory and analysis, gain an understanding of state-of-the-art practices in ground-based and flight tests, gain insight into non-classical aeroelastic phenomena, and methods in computational aeroelasticity.

Course Information:

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Level: Intermediate
Course Length: 1-2 days
AIAA CEU's available: Yes


Course Outline:

I. Background
A. History
B. Definitions

II. Descriptions of Aeroelasticity
A. Fixed Wing Vehicles
B. Rotorcraft
C. Highly Flexible Configurations

III. Theoretical Modeling and Analysis
A. Computational Structural Dynamics
B. Computational Fluid Dynamics and Unsteady Aerodynamics
C. Control of Aeroelastic Systems
D. Aeroelastic Solutions

IV. Experiment Methodologies
A. Ground Vibration Tests of Aerospace Structures
B. Wind Tunnel Tests
C. Flight Tests
D. Flutter Identification -- on-line algorithms
E. Test Hardware and Software
F. Measurement and Excitation Approaches

V. Special Topics in Aeroelasticity
A. Control of Aeroelastic Behavior -- Aeroservoelasticity
B. Nonlinear Aeroelastic Behavior of Very Flexible Aircraft
C. Nonlinear Control
D. Reduced Order Models -- Structures and Aerodynamics
E. Robustness analysis and uncertainty modeling
F. Aeroelastic Scaling Issues



Course Instructors:

This course is organized and taught by industry leading experts from the AIAA Aeroelasticity Technical Committee.


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