GROUND VIBRATION TEST PLANNING OF A FIGHTER AIRCRAFT BY USING A ROUGH FINITE ELEMENT MODEL


Koksal S., Yildiz E. N. , YAZICIOĞLU Y. , ÖZGEN G. O.

ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2013), California, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri, 15 - 21 Kasım 2013 identifier identifier

  • Basıldığı Şehir: California
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Amerika Birleşik Devletleri

Özet

Certification process is one of the crucial procedures for safety in the design of a new aerial platform. Flight flutter testing is the most critical component for the certification process. Usually a flutter analysis is performed beforehand for the planning of flight flutter testing of an aircraft which mostly requires the Finite Element Model (FEM) together with Ground Vibration Testing (GVT) to construct the structural dynamic model of the complete aircraft for the flutter analyses. GVT is not only required for new aircraft design but also when considerable changes are made to an existing aircraft or when new external load configurations are introduced. Experimental methods require high effort, high budget, long time, and much repetition. Therefore, the computational and theoretical studies seem more applicable in the early phase. However, GVT of an available fighter aircraft in defense projects becomes an issue for the designers if a detailed FEM of the aircraft is not available prior to test. Hence, planning of the GVT in early stage is vital for project leaders. In this study, a rough FEM of a fighter aircraft is developed and correlated to available GVT data for planning purpose. The representative mode shapes are evaluated by estimation of the several sections of the aircraft. It is also shown that a rough FEM of the aircraft can be utilized for determination of the measurement and excitation points on the aircraft in planning stage. The geometrical properties, physical limitations and basic requirements of GVT are also taken into account for an efficient planning.