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Continuation Methods for Nonlinear Flutter

Boreal Racing Shells, Seattle Rowing Center, 1116 West Ewing Street, Seattle, WA 98119, USA
Academic Editor: Konstantinos Kontis
Aerospace 2016, 3(4), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace3040044
Received: 27 October 2016 / Revised: 3 December 2016 / Accepted: 5 December 2016 / Published: 9 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Aerospace)
Continuation methods are presented that are capable of treating frequency domain flutter equations, including multiple nonlinearities represented by describing functions. A small problem demonstrates how a series of continuation processes can find all limit-cycle oscillations within a specified region with a reasonable degree of confidence. Curves of the limit-cycle amplitude variation with velocity, indicating regions of stability and instability with colors, give a compact view of the nonlinear behavior throughout the flight regime. A continuation technique for reducing limit-cycle amplitudes by adjusting various system parameters is presented. These processes are economical enough to be a routine part of aircraft design and certification. View Full-Text
Keywords: aeroelasticity; multiple nonlinearity flutter; continuation methods; describing functions; bifurcation; continuation optimization; controlling LCO amplitudes aeroelasticity; multiple nonlinearity flutter; continuation methods; describing functions; bifurcation; continuation optimization; controlling LCO amplitudes
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Meyer, E.E. Continuation Methods for Nonlinear Flutter. Aerospace 2016, 3, 44.

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