Analysis of Curved Panel Flutter in Supersonic and Transonic Airflows Using a Fluid-Structure Coupling Algorithm

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Guanhua Mei

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013, China

Jiazhong Zhang

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi 710049, China

Can Kang

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013, China

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036103 History: Received March 04, 2016; Revised February 02, 2017


In order to accurately study the effect of curvature on panel aeroelastic behaviors, a fluid-structure coupling algorithm is adopted to analyze the curved panel flutter in transonic and supersonic airflows. First, the governing equation for the motion of the curved panel and the structure solver are presented. Then the fluid governing equations, the fluid solver and the fluid-structure coupling algorithm are introduced briefly. Finally, rich aeroelastic responses of the curved panel are captured using this algorithm. And the mechanisms of them are explored by various analysis tools. It is found that the curvature produces initial aerodynamic load above the panel. Thus the static aeroelastic deformation exists for the curved panel in stable state. At Mach 2, with its stability lost on this static aeroelastic deformation, the curved panel shows asymmetric flutter. At Mach 0.8 and 0.9, the curved panel exhibits only positive static aeroelastic deformation due to this initial aerodynamic load. At Mach 1.0, as the dynamic pressure increases, the curved panel loses its static and dynamic stability in succession, and behaves static aeroelastic deformation, divergence and flutter consequentially. At Mach 1.2, with its stability lost, the curved panel flutters more violently towards the negative direction. The results obtained could guide the panel design and panel flutter suppression for flight vehicles with high performances.

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