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dc.contributor.authorHinshaw, Tyleren_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:41:13Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:41:13Z
dc.date.issued2009-07-01en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-07082009-140914en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33932
dc.description.abstractThe material presented in this thesis uses concepts of the finite element and doublet panel methods to develop a structural-aerodynamic coupled mathematical model for the analysis of a morphing wing tip composed of smart materials. Much research is currently being performed within many facets of engineering on the use of smart or intelligent materials. Examples of the beneficial characteristics of smart materials might include altering a structureâ s mechanical properties, controlling its dynamic response(s) and sensing flaws that might progressively become detrimental to the structure. This thesis describes a bio-inspired adaptive structure that will be used in morphing an aircraftâ s wing tip. The actuation system is derived from individual flexible matrix composite tube actuators embedded in a matrix medium that when pressurized, radical structural shape change is possible. A driving force behind this research, as with any morphing wing related studies, is to expand the limitations of an aircraftâ s mission, usually constrained by the wing design. Rather than deploying current methods of achieving certain flight characteristics, changing the shape of a wing greatly increases the flight envelope. This thesis gives some insight as to the structural capability and limitations using current numerical methods to model a morphing wing in a flow.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartThesis_Final_THINSHAW.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectMorphing Wingen_US
dc.subjectSkinsen_US
dc.subjectIntelligent Structuresen_US
dc.titleAnalysis and Design of a Morphing Wing Tip using Multicellular Flexible Matrix Composite Adaptive Skinsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAerospace and Ocean Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAerospace and Ocean Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairPhilen, Michael Keithen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKapania, Rabesh K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMason, William H.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-07082009-140914/en_US
dc.date.sdate2009-07-08en_US
dc.date.rdate2009-08-10
dc.date.adate2009-08-10en_US


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