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Modeling Flutter Using Deflection-Dependent Strain-Rate Damping

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Soroush Norouzi, Siamak Arzanpour

Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2010-40622, pp. 135-138; 4 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 13: Sound, Vibration and Design
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4450-2
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Flutter is a flow-induced unstable motion in structures that has drawn researchers’ attention in the past decades due to its presence in numerous applications including aviation. Linear and nonlinear models of flutter have been developed. Linear models are simple and accurate for predicting the critical velocity at which flutter occurs. However, they are not capable of describing the post-flutter behavior of structures. Nonlinear models, on the other hand, can properly demonstrate the unstable motion accompanied with the occurrence of flutter but they are highly complicated. In fact, numerical solution of these equations requires extensive computations. As a result, having a model that is both simple and valid for post-flutter simulations is of critical importance. Linear models lose their accuracy when large deflections take place in the structure. This is when the unconsidered tensions that oppose large deflections come into play and render the behavior of the structure nonlinear. Usually, a type of damping relative to strain-rate is assumed for modeling structures under flutter. This paper introduces a deflection-dependant strain-rate damping coefficient to the linear flutter model, so as the deflections grow the restraining forces increase to limit the motion. The new sets of equations are derived and simulations are conducted to ensure the capability of the model to capture the post-flutter behavior. Results are then compared with the results of nonlinear simulation to demonstrate the new model’s compliance with those of nonlinearly-modeled systems.

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