finite element method
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
In the structural design of civil aircraft the critical loads are often those encountered in a gust or atmospheric turbulence. The traditional ‘indicial’ solution is restricted to a simple plate. In this paper a finite element formulation is proposed for an aerofoil or arbitrary shape entering a uniform sharp-edged or sinusoidal gust. The thin rotational gust front and wake in an irrotational flow field are successfully modelled by a novel superposition technique. The finite element solutions are compared with the Kussner function and results by other numerical methods. The agreement is good.
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