Structural Analysis of a Large-scale Model for the Wind Tunnel Test of a Multiadaptive Flap

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SiCiM DEMiRCi M. S., Pecora R., Kaya M.

13th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation and Space for Opening New Horizons, Salerno, Italy, 5 - 08 September 2023, vol.2716 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2716
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1742-6596/2716/1/012028
  • City: Salerno
  • Country: Italy
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Innovative studies on morphing wing structures with the highest potential to improve aerodynamic performance on large aircraft are running under the CleanSky2 platform to validate the morphing architectures on true-scale demonstrator through ground and wind tunnel tests. Research activities have been conducted to develop a revolutionary multi-modal camber morphing flap to enhance the aerodynamic behaviour of a new generation of regional aircraft within this challenging framework. The design and validation of the intelligent architecture capable of different morphing modes required for low-speed (take-off/landing) and high-speed (cruise)conditions. To enhance the significance and applicability of the wind tunnel test campaign, a significant scale factor of 1:3 was selected for the test article. In this study, general layout of the mechanical model and FE analysis performed both inner and outer flap will be presented. A comprehensive structural analysis of the flap test article was conducted to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the conceived mechanical solutions. Linear static analyses were performed using the finite element (FE) method within the Ansys Workbench® environment. These analyses aimed to assess the adequacy of the mechanical solutions and validate the test article's structural integrity.