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18 April 2008 Testing of SMA-enabled active chevron prototypes under representative flow conditions
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Control of jet noise continues to be an important research topic. Exhaust-nozzle chevrons have been shown to reduce jet noise, but parametric effects are not well understood. Additionally, thrust loss due to chevrons at cruise suggests significant benefit from active chevrons. The focus of this study is development of an active chevron concept for the primary purpose of parametric studies for jet noise reduction in the laboratory and secondarily for technology development to leverage for full scale systems. The active chevron concept employed in this work consists of a laminated composite structure with embedded shape memory alloy (SMA) actuators, termed a SMA hybrid composite (SMAHC). SMA actuators are embedded on one side of the neutral axis of the structure such that thermal excitation, via joule heating, generates a moment and deflects the structure. The performance of two active chevron concepts is demonstrated in the presence of representative flow conditions. One of the concepts is shown to possess significant advantages for the proposed application and is selected for further development. Fabrication and design changes are described and shown to produce a chevron prototype that meets the performance objectives.
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Travis L. Turner, Randolph H. Cabell, Roberto J. Cano, and Richard J. Silcox "Testing of SMA-enabled active chevron prototypes under representative flow conditions", Proc. SPIE 6928, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2008, 69280Y (18 April 2008);

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