Frequency domain approach for probabilistic flutter analysis using stochastic finite elements

Kumar, S and Onkar, AK and Maligappa, M (2019) Frequency domain approach for probabilistic flutter analysis using stochastic finite elements. Meccanica, 54 (14). pp. 2207-2225. ISSN 00256455

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In this work, a stochastic finite element method based on first order perturbation approach is developed for the probabilistic flutter analysis of aircraft wing in frequency domain. Here, both bending and torsional stiffness parameters of the wing are treated as Gaussian random fields and represented by a truncated Karhunen–Loeve expansion. The aerodynamic load on the wing is modeled using Theodorsen’s unsteady aerodynamics based strip theory. In this approach, Theodorsen’s function, which is a complex function of reduced frequency, is also treated as a random field. The applicability of the present method is demonstrated by studying the probabilistic flutter of cantilever wing with stiffness uncertainties. The present method is also validated by comparing results with Monte Carlo simulation (MCS). From the analysis, it is observed that torsional stiffness uncertainty has significant effect on the damping ratio and frequency of the flutter mode as compared to bending stiffness uncertainty. The probability density functions of damping ratio and frequency using perturbation technique and MCS are also discussed at various free stream velocities due to stiffness uncertainties. Furthermore, the flutter probability of the cantilever wing is studied by defining implicit limit state function in conditional sense on flow velocity for the flutter mode. Both perturbation and MCS are considered to study the flutter probability of the wing. From the cumulative distribution functions of flutter velocity, it is noticed that the presence of uncertainty in torsional rigidity lowers the predicted flutter velocity in comparison to uncertainty in bending rigidity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aerodynamics
ENGINEERING > Mechanical Engineering
ENGINEERING > Structural Mechanics
Depositing User: Mrs SK Pratibha
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 11:41
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 11:41

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