Title

Applications of Active Aeroelastic Wing Technology

Presenter Information

John Schaefer

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Research Advisor

Isaac, Kakkattukuzhy M.

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Opportunities for Undergraduate Experience Program (OURE)

Abstract

Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) Technology is an emerging technology in aerospace engineering which combines the fields of aerodynamics and structures. Aircraft featuring AAW Technology utilize wings or control surfaces which can actively deform in an effort to optimize aerodynamic performance. Examples of this technology include the X-29 and X-53. In this research, we designed, manufactured, and tested an active aeroelastic wing as a demonstration of the technology. The vortex lattice method was used to simulate results for comparison against wind tunnel data. The wing features a NACA 0012 airfoil section with a flexible skin and internal mechanical actuators which can be used to induce camber. The idea is that a high lift configuration could be used for a takeoff condition, and a low lift configuration could be used for a cruise condition.

Biography

John Schaefer is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering at Missouri S&T. In his time with the MAE department, he has become involved with numerous projects, including undergraduate research and the Advanced Aero Vehicle Group. After he completes his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, John plans to stay at Missouri S&T for graduate school to obtain a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. His primary interest is in aerodynamics, and he plans on studying aerodynamic shape optimization for his graduate research.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Engineering poster session, Third place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hall

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Emily Dierkes

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Applications of Active Aeroelastic Wing Technology

Upper Atrium/Hall

Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) Technology is an emerging technology in aerospace engineering which combines the fields of aerodynamics and structures. Aircraft featuring AAW Technology utilize wings or control surfaces which can actively deform in an effort to optimize aerodynamic performance. Examples of this technology include the X-29 and X-53. In this research, we designed, manufactured, and tested an active aeroelastic wing as a demonstration of the technology. The vortex lattice method was used to simulate results for comparison against wind tunnel data. The wing features a NACA 0012 airfoil section with a flexible skin and internal mechanical actuators which can be used to induce camber. The idea is that a high lift configuration could be used for a takeoff condition, and a low lift configuration could be used for a cruise condition.