12 May 1995 Adaptive smart wing design for military aircraft: requirements, concepts, and payoffs
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New developments in smart structures and materials have made it possible to revisit earlier work in adaptive and flexible wing technology, and remove some of the limitations for technology transition to next-generation aircraft. Research performed by Northrop Grumman, under internal funding, has led to a new program sponsored by ARPA to investigate the application of smart structures and materials technologies to twist and adapt and aircraft wing. Conceptual designs are presented based on state-of-the-art materials, including shape memory alloys, piezoelectrics, and fiber optic sensors for incorporation in a proposed smart wing design. Plans are described to demonstrate proof-of-concept on a prototype 1/10 scale -18 model that will be tested in a wind tunnel for final validation. Highlights of the proposed program are summarized with respect to program objectives, requirements, key concept design features, demonstration testing, and smart wing technology payoffs and risks.
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Jayanth N. Kudva, Kari Appa, Craig B. Van Way, Allen J. Lockyer, "Adaptive smart wing design for military aircraft: requirements, concepts, and payoffs", Proc. SPIE 2447, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.209347; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.209347
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Fiber optics sensors

Shape memory alloys

Sensors

Smart materials

Control systems

Aerodynamics

Wind measurement

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