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An experimental and analytical study of a lifting-body wind-tunnel model exhibiting body-freedom flutterFlutter analysis of the proposed National Aerospace Plane indicates that in the subsonic to transonic flight regime, the vehicle may be susceptible to an instability known as body-freedom flutter. Body-freedom flutter is a dynamic instability involving a vehicle rigid-body mode coupling with one or more of the vehicle's elastic modes. In the case of the NASP, the body-freedom flutter predicted by analysis involves the short-period mode of the vehicle coupling with the pivot mode of the all-movable wings. A wind-tunnel test was designed to investigate this phenomenon. Parameter studies included variations in wing-actuator stiffness, wing-pivot shaft location along the root chord, and thickness of the fuselage. The wind-tunnel test was conducted in the NASA Langley Transonic Dynamics Tunnel. Flutter boundaries were measured in the wind tunnel for three configurations and a model divergence point was measured on a fourth configuration. At the last flutter point obtained during the test, body-freedom flutter proved to be rather violent. The analysis used in this study incorporated thin-wing theory aerodynamics and did a fairly good job of predicting the flutter boundaries.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Soistmann, David L.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Spain, Charles V.
(Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co. Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: In: AIAA(ASME)ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 34th and AIAA/ASME Adaptive Structures Forum, La Jolla, CA, Apr. 19-22, 1993, Technical Papers. Pt. 1 (A93-33876 1
Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Subject Category
Launch Vehicles And Space Vehicles
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 93-1316
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