Design of a Scaled Flight Test Vehicle Including Linear Aeroelastic Effects

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Virginia Tech

A procedure for the design of a scaled aircraft using linear aeroelastic scaling is developed and demonstrated. Previous work has shown the viability in matching scaled structural frequencies and mode shapes in order to achieve consistent linear scaling of simple models. This methodology is adopted for use on a high fidelity joined-wing aircraft model. Natural frequencies and mode shapes are matched by optimizing structural ply properties and nonstructural mass. A full-scale SensorCraft concept developed by AFRL and Boeing serves as the target model, and a 1/9th span geometrically scaled remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) serves as the initial design point. The aeroelastic response of the final design is verified against the response of the full-scale model. Reasonable agreement is seen in both aeroelastic damping and frequency for a range of flight velocities, but some discrepancy remains in accurately capturing the flutter velocity.

Aeroelasticity, Scaling, Joined-wing