Evaluation of the Centre Manifold Method for Limit Cycle Calculations of a Nonlinear Structural Wing

Document Type : Research Article



In this study the centre manifold is applied for reduction and limit cycle calculation of a highly nonlinear structural aeroelastic wing. The limit cycle is arisen from structural nonlinearity due to the large deflection of the wing. Results obtained by different orders of centre manifolds are compared with those obtained by time marching method (fourth-order Runge-Kutta method). These comparisons show zero, third and fifth order manifolds are very good approximation of this system. The aeroelastic model is a low aspect ratio rectangular cantilevered wing in a low subsonic flow which is structurally modeled by the Von Karman plate theory. A continuous time reduced order modified vortex lattice aerodynamics model is utilized in aerodynamics modeling.


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