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Aerospace 2017, 4(3), 35;

Constructal Theory and Aeroelastic Design of Flexible Flying Wing Aircraft

Fluid-Structure Interaction Lab, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174, USA
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Academic Editor: Mohammad Sadraey
Received: 1 May 2017 / Revised: 12 June 2017 / Accepted: 21 June 2017 / Published: 7 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aircraft Design)
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The aeroelastic behavior of high-aspect-ratio very flexible flying wing is highly affected by the geometric nonlinearities of the aircraft structure. This paper reviews the findings on how these nonlinearities influence the structural and flight dynamics, and it shows that the aeroelastic flight envelope could significantly be extended with proper choices of design parameters such as engine placement. Moreover, in order to investigate the physics behind the effects of design parameters, constructal theory of design is reviewed. The constructal theory advances the philosophy of design as science, it states that the better structural design emerges when stress flow strangulation is avoided. Furthermore, it shows that airplanes, through their evolution, have obeyed theoretical allometric rules that unite their designs. View Full-Text
Keywords: nonlinear aeroelastic design; constructal theory; engine placement; follower force nonlinear aeroelastic design; constructal theory; engine placement; follower force

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