Using Aeroelastic Deflections to Improve Aircraft Performance

Prof. Jonathan Cooper, Airbus Sir George White Chair in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bristol, will be giving an invited talk on 'Using Aeroelastic Deflections to Improve Aircraft Performance,' examining the possibility of using aeroelastic deflections (which can be detrimental and even catastrophic) in a beneficial manner, on the 28th of January 2015, Wednesday.

Abstract is given below.

Date & Time: 2:00-3:00 PM, 28th of January 2015, Wednesday
Venue: James Watt South Building, Room 361




Aeroelasticity is a science that has had an impact on aircraft design since the earliest days of powered flight, however, as many aeroelastic phenomena are detrimental (and even catastrophic), traditional aircraft design has chosen to take a weight penalty to ensure that these effects cannot occur.  With the current emphasis on developing more efficient aircraft designs, through initiatives such as the FLIGHTPATH 2050 framework, recent research has considered the possibility of using aeroelastic deflections in a beneficial manner.

This lecture will describe recent research using a range of passive and active approaches to enable aeroelastic deflections to improve aerodynamic performance and to reduce gust and manoeuvre loads. 

First published: 19 January 2015