Targeted energy transfer between a model flexible wing and nonlinear energy sink

Sean A. Hubbard, D. Michael McFarland, Lawrence A. Bergman, Alexander F. Vakakis

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Passive and nonlinear targeted energy transfers induced by resonant interactions between a single-degree-offreedom nonlinear energy sink and a flexible swept wing are studied. With a series of ground-vibration tests, it is shown that the nonlinear energy sink canbe designed to quickly and efficiently absorb energy from one or more wing modes in a completely passive manner. Results indicate that it is feasible to use such a device to suppress or prevent aeroelastic instabilities like limit-cycle oscillations. The design of a compact nonlinear energy sink is introduced and the parameters of the device are examined experimentally, confirming that the required nonlinearizable stiffness is achieved. Ground-vibration experiments performed on the wing's nonlinear energy-sink system indicate that targeted energy transferis achievable, resulting inasignificant reduction in the second bending mode response of the wing. Furthermore, a finite element model of the system is developed to computationally reproduce the experiments, providing good agreement between the two. Finally, the finite element model is used to simulate the effects of increased nonlinear energy-sink stiffness onthe system and toshow the conditions under which the nonlinear energy sink will resonantly interact with higher-frequency wing modes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1918-1931
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Aircraft
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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