Aeroelastic Tailoring for Gust Loads and Maneuver Loads

Student : Divya Sanghi

Sponsor : Airbus-Michigan Center for Aero-Servo-Elasticity of Very Flexible Aircraft (CASE-VFA)


My research focuses on working with UM/NAST – A2SRL’s coupled nonlinear aeroelastic/flight mechanics framework to model and simulate free-flying High Aspect Ratio Flexible Aircraft. I use this framework to investigate the ability of (passive) composite tailoring, (active) leading and trailing edge control surfaces and moveable wing tips to provide improved control authority, maneuver load alleviation(MLA) and gust load alleviation (GLA) while in flexible vehicles. This also involves developing inside UM/NAST a capability to model control surface structural flexibility along with actuation dynamics.