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Limit-Cycle Oscillations of a Pre-tensed Membrane Strip

Limit-Cycle Oscillations of a Pre-tensed Membrane Strip

Wednesday 22/07/2015
  • Ariel Drachinsky (Arik)
  • Work towards M.Sc. degree under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Daniella Raveh
  • Classroom 165, ground floor, Library, Aerospace Eng.
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
  • The talk will be given in Hebrew

The seminar will present a computational and experimental study of the nonlinear aeroelastic behavior of a pre-tensed, high aspect-ratio, thin membrane strip. The goal of the study is to derive and validate a computational model that can be used for analysis and design of membrane strips, for the purpose of energy harvesting from flutter at low airspeeds.  The mathematical model is based on a pre-tensed-beam model, accounting for bending and torsional stiffening effects due to pretension and large deformations. The aerodynamic model is a potential flow model. The equations of motion are written as a set of nonlinear ordinary differential equations, using Galerkin’s method, and are simulated numerically. The nonlinear aeroelastic model is used to study the oscillation characteristics of the membrane strip in the various stability regions. The effects of initial pretension and non-linear stiffening on energy-harvesting potential of the system are studied. The combined effect of the preload on the flutter onset speed, on the flutter frequency and amplitude, and on the loss of orbital stability, indicates that an optimal preload can be determined based on the intended airspeed range for energy harvesting. A series of wind tunnel tests was conducted, in which the flutter onset velocity, and the post-flutter frequencies and amplitudes were measured. Good agreement between the experimental data and computational results validate the computational model.

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