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Study of A Flexible Blade for Optimized Proprotor

Lv, Peng and Prothin, Sebastien and Mohd Zawawi, Fazila and Bénard, Emmanuel and Morlier, Joseph and Moschetta, Jean-Marc Study of A Flexible Blade for Optimized Proprotor. (2013) In: ERCOFTAC International symposium Unsteady separation in fluid-structure interaction, 17 June 2013 - 21 June 2013 (Mykonos, Greece).

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In the present study, a passive twist control is considered as a potential way to improve the overall flight efficiency for proprotor of Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). This paper will focus on the aerodynamic performance and deformation behaviour of a flexible laminate blade. Incorporated with a database of airfoil characteristics, Blade Element Momentum Theory (BEMT) is implemented for performance prediction of proprotor at low Reynolds numbers. The preliminary procedure is based on finding optimum twist distributions for hover and forward flight, but keeping a given chord distribution. A numerical model is developed using a combination of aerodynamic model based on BEMT, and structural model based on anisotropic beam finite element, in order to evaluate the coupled structural and the aerodynamic characteristics of the deformable proprotor blade. The numerical model - Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) was then validated by means of shape reconstruction from LDS (Laser Displacement Sensor) outputs. It can be concluded that the proposed experiment technique is capable of providing a predictive and reliable data in blade geometry and performance for rotor mode. The FSI approach is also valid as a reliable tool for designing and analyzing the MAV proprotor made of composite material.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
HAL Id:hal-01851611
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution: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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Deposited On:03 Sep 2013 09:31

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