Imperial College London

Dr Rafael Palacios

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Reader in Aeronautics



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BibTex format

author = {Buoso, S and Palacios, R},
title = {Reduced-order modelling and feedback control of integrally actuated membrane wings},
url = {},
year = {2015}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - This paper presents a numerical investigation on aerodynamic control of integrally-actuated membrane wings made of dielectric elastomers. They combine the advantages of membrane shape adaptability with the benefits of the simple, lightweight but high-authority control mechanism offered by integral actuation. For that purpose, high-fidelity numerical models have been developed to predict their performance. They include a fluid solver based on the direct numerical integration of the unsteady Navier-Stokes equations, an electromechanical constitutive material model and a non-linear three-dimensional membrane structural model. In addition, using the Eigensystem Realization Algorithm, it is obtained a very low order model description of the fully coupled aero-electromechanical system to aid the design of a simple PID control scheme for the feedback control of the wing. The resulting regulator is then implemented in the high-fidelity model and used for the mitigation of flow disturbances.
AU - Buoso,S
AU - Palacios,R
PY - 2015///
TI - Reduced-order modelling and feedback control of integrally actuated membrane wings
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ER -