Decamber Morphing Concepts by Using a Hybrid Trailing Edge Control Surface

Yaman Y., Tuncoz I. O. , Yang Y., Arslan P., Kalkan U., Tiras H., ...More

AEROSPACE, vol.2, pp.482-504, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/aerospace2030482
  • Journal Name: AEROSPACE
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.482-504
  • Keywords: camber morphing, hybrid control surface, structural analysis, finite element method
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The idea of morphing is drawing extensive attention in aerospace technologies. Several different approaches like span, camber, twist, and sweep are finding applications. In this work, the concept of a trailing edge control surface which is capable of performing decamber morphing is explained. The upper and lower parts of the control surface undergo different chordwise elongations and the difference between these displacements gives rise to either camber or decamber morphing. The necessary force is achieved by the help of servo actuators. During the design, the structural analyses were done to determine the best viable options for the number of servo actuators, the location of the servo actuators, and the material properties used in the control surface. The control surface was designed of aluminum, composite and compliant materials hence was called a hybrid one. The structural analyses were conducted by using ANSYS (R) Workbench v14.0 package program. After finding the best viable design, which was made for in vacuo condition, the proposed design was also verified under the simulated aerodynamic loading. The aerodynamic loads were obtained from CFD analyses which were done with SU2 V3.2.3 open-source flow solver.