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Experimental study of fuzzy aeroelastic control by piezoelectric actuation

Grant number: 13/10117-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): November 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering
Principal Investigator:Flávio Donizeti Marques
Grantee:Natália Cristina Gomes de Paula
Host Institution: Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Aeronautical structures are submitted to undesirable aeroelastic phenomena which lead to aircraft performance loss, structural components instability or fail. These problems became even more prominent with the development of new materials, more flexible, and as they prevent the use of lighter, elongated and more efficient structures.In the past decades, researches aiming the development of active solutions for eliminating or postponing aeroelastic vibrations and phenomena such as flutter have stood out. They were strongly based on experimental investigation. Among these solutions, there are the smart structures, in which sensors and actuators are incorporated and integrated to a control system. This way, it becomes possible to adapt the structure to different operational conditions.The purpose of this research assignment is to study the control of the aeroelastic response of a typical wing section with two degrees of freedom with piezoelectric actuators incorporated to the elastic mount system. The control law will be based in fuzzy logic, which parameters will be determined through simplified mathematical models and aeroelastic vibration measures taken in wind tunnel tests.

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