Control surface spanwise placement in active flutter suppression systems

E. Nissim, John J. Burken

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A method is developed that determines the placement of an active control surface for maximum effectiveness in suppressing flutter. No specific control law is required by this method which is based on the aerodynamic energy concept. It is argued that the spanwise placement of the active controls should coincide with the locations where maximum energy per unit span is fed into the system. The method enables one to determine the distribution, over the different surfaces of the aircraft, of the energy input into the system as a result of the unstable fluttering mode. The method is illustrated using three numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNASA Technical Paper
Issue number2873
StatePublished - Nov 1988
Externally publishedYes


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