Proc. SPIE. 6173, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Computational fluid dynamics, Ferroelectric materials, Control systems, Computer simulations, Kinematics, Finite element methods, Microsoft Foundation Class Library, Aerodynamics, Smart materials
A novel Morphing Flight Control Surface (MFCS) system has been developed. The distinction of this research effort is that the SenAnTech team has incorporated our innovative Highly Deformable Mechanism (HDM) into our MFCS. The feasibility of this novel technology for deformable wing structures, such as airfoil shaping, warping or twisting with a flexure-based high displacement PZT actuator has been demonstrated via computational simulations such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). CFD was implemented to verify the accuracy of the complex potential flow theory for this application. Then, complex potential flow theory, kinematics, geometry, and static force analysis were incorporated into a multidisciplinary GUI simulation tool. This tool has been used to aid the design of the MFCS. The results show that we can achieve up to five degrees of wing twisting with our proposed system, while using minimal volume within the wing and adding little weight.
In this research a broadband passive vibration control technique using a semi-active circuit is presented. A digitally tunable RL shunt circuit and a semi-active mode identifier are developed using 8-bit CMOS microcontrollers to control multiple vibratory modes in a mechanical system. In order to increase the adaptability of the controller, the effects of additional capacitors in the circuit are investigated. The governing equations for the coupled electro-mechanical system are introduced using Hamilton’s Principle and finite element analysis. The system is verified experimentally using and the simulation and experimental results are provided in multiple formats.