A multi-fidelity, multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization framework for the design of morphing UAV wings

Ciarella A., Tsotskas C., Hahn M., Werter N. P. M., De Breuker R., Beaverstock C. S., ...More

16th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, 2015, Texas, United States Of America, 22 - 26 June 2015 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Texas
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2015 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved.A framework for the design and optimization of a morphing wing is presented. It allows the user to simplify the design process of a morphing UAV wing with a simple and effective interface with the possibility to easily switch between flight phases and morphing concepts. It consists of two main solvers: a high-fidelity CFD module for detailed RANS simulation and a fast low-fidelity module that solves the aeroelastic problem by coupling a geometrically nonlinear structural model to a potential flow aerodynamic model. The structure of the framework and the methodology used for the design of a morphing UAV wing are detailed. This wing is the focus of the European FP7 CHANGE project and serves as an example of the application of this methodology.