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Aeroelastic implications of active winglet concept aimed to improve civil transport aircraft performances

Delavenne, Martin and Barriety, Bernard and Vetrano, Fabio and Ferrand, Valérie and Salaün, Michel Aeroelastic implications of active winglet concept aimed to improve civil transport aircraft performances. (2021) In: An ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Aerospace Systems (AeroBest 2021), 21 July 2021 - 23 July 2021 (Virtual event, Portugal).

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Reduction of aircraft environmental footprint has become over years a key objective for the industry. Particularly, for decades winglets have been proven to eficiently reduce drag and fuel consumption. However, the design of those wingtip extensions mainly relies on an aerodynamic shape optimisation for a given cruise condition resulting in suboptimal behaviour for the rest of the flight. Active winglet concept proposes to optimise the winglet cant angle along the flight to compensate the loss of eficiency inherent to fixed designs. The variation of winglet deflection impacts the lift distribution with repercussion on wing deformation that must be investigated. Besides, the presence of moving masses at the tip of the wing also has influence on dynamic response and particularly on flutter onset. This work proposes to evaluate those impacts through an aeroelastic analysis of both static and dynamic implications of active winglets combined with an aerodynamic performances optimisation. The XRF1, an Airbus provided industrial standard multi- disciplinary research test case representing a typical configuration for wide body long- range aircraft, is used as the baseline aircraft. Coupled CFD/CSM computations are performed to assess the evolution of wing shape with respect to winglets deflections and the consequences on mission performance optimisation. While a parametric flutter analysis is carried-out to highlight the dependence of critical flutter speed on winglet cant angle.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
HAL Id:hal-03391566
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Other partners > Airbus (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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