Graduate Research in Engineering and Technology (GRET)


Morphing structure enables an aircraft to alter its configuration in maneuver to operate effectively in a given flight reign. A continuous wing is utilized to reduce drag as the wing deformation is approximated more closely. With such wing morphing of skin supported with underlying truss structure, they are able to control the unsteady aerodynamic forces. This project seeks to expand and unravel the capability of an aircraft through the application of a reconfigurable “morphing” wing. In this project, the structural model of the morphing wing consists of primarily wing components designed in solid works. Structural analysis of wing components has been written to minimize wing deformation under aerodynamic load using ANSYS. With fixed geometry, the wing is allowed to analyze Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) in Fluent. Smart materials which carry aerodynamic loads such as shape memory alloys, piezoelectric actuators, and shape memory polymers have been discussed briefly. Along these lines, this paper fills in as an abstract for scientists and designers endeavoring to get to know the current progressions and advancements in morphing wing technology





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