The effect of a movable mass on the aeroelastic stability of composite hingeless rotor blades in hover

M. R. Amoozgar, A. D. Shaw, J. Zhang, M. I. Friswell

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In this paper, the aeroelastic stability of a composite hingeless rotor blade with a chordwise movable mass is investigated. The point mass is located near the tip of the blade and its chordwise location is variable with respect to the elastic axis and can be moved during the flight. This movable mass is added to the blade to actuate the blade twist during flight. By actuating the mass in the chord direction of the blade during the flight, a bending moment which is the result of the centrifugal force of the mass and its offset is induced on the blade. This bending moment induces twist in the blade, due to bend-twist coupling in the composite lamination. The blade is modelled by using the geometrically exact fully intrinsic beam equations along with the variational asymptotic beam sectional analysis. The aerodynamic loads are simulated by using the two-dimensional strip theory combined with a uniform inflow. The nonlinear partial differential aeroelastic equations are discretized by a time-space scheme, and the converged results are compared with those reported in the literature and a very good match is observed. The results show that by positioning the mass near the tip of the blade, and also by using the ply angle of about 30 degree in this configuration, the highest possible twist change is achieved when the mass moves from the leading edge to the trailing edge of the blade. Moreover, the spanwise location of the mass slightly changes the stability boundaries, while the chordwise movement significantly affects the aeroelastic instability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-136
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Fluids and Structures
Early online date29 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


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