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Single Degree-of-Freedom Morphing Wing (Design and Synthesis)

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Matthew D. Stubbs, William B. Whittier, Charles F. Reinholtz

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Paper No. DETC2004-57019, pp. 33-41; 9 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, September 28–October 2, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4695-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3742-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Recent research in morphing wing technology has focused on complex multiple-degree-of-freedom (MDOF) mechanisms and smart structures to provide a specified shape change; single degree-of-freedom actuation concepts have generally been ignored or overlooked. In this research, the authors propose a novel design for a single degree-of-freedom (SDOF) mechanism for mission morphing of aircraft wings. A general design methodology has been developed, and this has been applied to a Hyper-Elliptic Cambered Span (HECS) wing developed by engineers at NASA Langley Research Center. The design tools developed include a synthesis procedure for determining the dimensions of the single-degree-of-freedom morphing mechanism, and a sensitivity analysis to determine the effects of manufacturing errors.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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