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The Instability of a Flexible Sheet in Uniform Parallel Flow

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Michael T. Morris-Thomas, Sverre Steen

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2007-29237, pp. 473-480; 8 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 4: Materials Technology; Ocean Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4270-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


When a flexible sheet immersed in a fluid is under the influence of uniform flow, instability can arise when the fluid velocity reaches some critical value. The fluid-elastic instability known as flutter is the focus of this present work. We present a fluid-elastic model for a flexible sheet whereby the fluid dynamic lift is accounted for by the classical slender body approximation of Lighthill [1] for an ideal fluid. We describe aspects of the system in terms of a mass ratio α and a tension to flexural ratio γ. The model is solved by a spectral method to determine the fluid velocity and frequency at which instability occurs. In addition, we consider the fluid friction and damping on the response of the flexible sheet. Moreover, we compare predictions for the flutter velocity and frequency with published results. The unique aspect of this work is an investigation into the effect of additional tension, in the form of the ratio γ, on stability.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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