Special Issue "Dynamic Stability Analysis of Aerospace Structures"

A special issue of Machines (ISSN 2075-1702). This special issue belongs to the section "Automation Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jiaying Zhang
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Guest Editor
School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Interests: morphing aircraft; structural dynamics; smart structure; nonlinear dynamics system
Prof. Dr. Michael I. Friswell
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Guest Editor
College of Engineering, Swansea University, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
Interests: morphing aircraft; structural dynamics; structural health monitoring; rotordynamics; smart structures; nonlinear dynamics
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Dr. Alexander Shaw
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Guest Editor
College of Engineering, Swansea University Bay Campus, Swansea SA1 8EN, UK
Interests: nonlinear structural dynamics;rotordynamics;vibration isolation; morphing aircraft; adaptive structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new open access Special Issue of the MDPI journal Machines dedicated to the “Dynamic Instability Analysis of Aerospace Structures”. Aerospace structures are a combination of light structures used for aircraft and spacecraft, which are generally subject to cyclic loads. Such structures operate in complex conditions that may determine the occurrence of dynamic instability phenomena, such as parametric resonance, structural vibration and aeroelastic flutter. The large amplitude response, resulting from dynamic instability, can have severe consequences for the safety and survivability of the structures and should, therefore, be mitigated and, where possible, avoided. Different technological solutions can be developed by using optimised design, traditional mechanisms or smart materials to overcome the internal resistance and external loads and avoid the instability. However, in some cases, such as when actuating a morphing structure or a blade, controlling dynamic instability might be leveraged for increased system performance.

This Special Issue aims to provide insights into the state of the art of dynamic instability of aerospace structures and to highlight methods and solutions that may be transferrable between various application areas. Contributions on modelling, simulation and experiments are welcomed.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Jiaying Zhang
Prof. Dr. Michael I. Friswell
Dr. Alexander Shaw
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • dynamic instability 
  • structural dynamics and control 
  • multistable structures 
  • nonlinear dynamics 
  • aeroelasticity 
  • morphing aircraft 
  • deployable structure 
  • parametric resonance 
  • flexible spacecraft

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Aeroelastic Response of Aircraft Wings to External Store Separation Using Flexible Multibody Dynamics
Machines 2021, 9(3), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines9030061 - 13 Mar 2021
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In aviation, using external stores under the wings is a common method of carrying payload or fuel. In some cases, the payload can be rigidly attached to the wing. However, stores must often be ejected during flight for aircraft, such as military type, [...] Read more.
In aviation, using external stores under the wings is a common method of carrying payload or fuel. In some cases, the payload can be rigidly attached to the wing. However, stores must often be ejected during flight for aircraft, such as military type, which carry drop tanks and missiles. This may cause the wing to respond dynamically with increasing amplitudes, due to the impulsive load of ejection and the change of total mass. This is especially critical in aircraft with highly flexible wings, such as those with high aspect ratios. In this case, it is crucial to evaluate the wing response to store separation, which requires a suitable simulation environment that is able to support nonlinear and multidisciplinary analysis. To address such a need, this work presents the use of flexible multibody dynamics in the simulation of wing response to store separation. To demonstrate, a highly compliant wing was selected with a rigid body that was mounted on the wing to represent an external store. The time marching simulation of the wing before and after the store separation was presented to show the features and benefits of the method. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dynamic Stability Analysis of Aerospace Structures)
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