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Title: Identification of Volterra kernels for improved predictions of nonlinear aeroelastic vibration responses and flutter
Authors: Lin, Rongming
Ng, Yong Teng
Keywords: Engineering::Mechanical engineering
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Lin, R., & Ng, Y. T. (2018). Identification of Volterra kernels for improved predictions of nonlinear aeroelastic vibration responses and flutter. Engineering Structures, 171, 15-28. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.05.073
Journal: Engineering Structures
Abstract: Aeroelastic structural systems are intrinsically nonlinear and accurate predictions of dynamic responses of nonlinear aeroelastic systems have become of paramount importance since these directly affect the accuracy and reliability of subsequent stability analyses. Such nonlinear systems can be generally represented with Volterra series whose kernels have been found to be effective in their dynamic characterizations. This paper examines how first- and second-order Volterra kernels of nonlinear aeroelastic systems can be accurately identified and then incorporated into the theoretical models of aeroelastic analyses such as predictions of dynamic response and onset of aeroelastic flutter. A novel identification method based on correlation analysis to extract frequency components has been developed which can be applied to general nonlinear aeroelastic systems to obtain accurately the required Volterra transfer functions. The method is very accurate and extremely robust against measurement noise contaminations in both input and output signals, due to the correlation scheme which effectively filters uncorrelated signal components. Detailed aeroelastic behavior of a representative pitch-plunge airfoil dynamic model with nonlinear pitch stiffness has been examined. Its Volterra transfer functions are then identified which are found to be close to their exact analytical counterparts, though interaction between kernels becomes apparent as input level increases. Once inverse Fourier transformed, these identified Volterra kernels are then included in the modeling of the dynamics of aeroelastic systems for vibration response and flutter. Extensive numerical simulation results have demonstrated that the proposed method is very accurate and resilient to measurement errors when applied to the identification of second-order Volterra kernels, and the improvement in predictions of vibration response and flutter become significant when the contributions of these second-order Volterra kernels are included in the overall aeroelastic system dynamics. The identification and subsequent inclusion of second-order Volterra kernels into system dynamics model offer improved design capabilities of nonlinear aeroelastic structural systems.
ISSN: 0141-0296
DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.05.073
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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