Aeroelastic modeling and stability analysis: A robust approach to the flutter problem Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2017

start page

  • 342

end page

  • 364


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  • 28

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-8923


  • In this paper, a general approach to address modeling of aeroelastic systems, with the final goal to apply ¿ analysis, is discussed. The chosen test bed is the typical section with unsteady aerodynamic loads, which enables basic modeling features to be captured and so extend the gained knowledge to practical problems treated with modern techniques. The aerodynamic operator has a nonrational dependence on the Laplace variable s, and hence, 2 formulations for the problem are available: frequency domain or state-space (adopting rational approximations). The study attempts to draw a parallel between the 2 consequent linear fractional transformation modeling processes, emphasizing critical differences and their effect on the predictions obtained with ¿ analysis. A peculiarity of this twofold formulation is that aerodynamic uncertainties are inherently treated differently and therefore the families of plants originated by the possible linear fractional transformation definitions are investigated. One of the main results of the paper is to propose a unified framework to address the robust modeling task, which enables the advantages of both the approaches to be retained. On the analysis side, the application of ¿ analysis to the different models is shown, emphasizing its capability to gain insight into the problem. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


  • aeroelasticity lft modeling robust analysis uncertain systems aerodynamics frequency domain analysis linear transformations mathematical transformations uncertain systems aeroelastic modeling aeroelastic system linear fractional transformations practical problems rational approximations robust analysis stability analysis unsteady aerodynamic load aeroelasticity