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Benchmark Aerostructural Models for the Study of Transonic Aircraft Wings

TitleBenchmark Aerostructural Models for the Study of Transonic Aircraft Wings
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBrooks, TR, Kenway, GKW, Martins, JRRA
JournalAIAA Journal
Date PublishedJuly
Keywordsaerostructural, optimization

Since its introduction, the NASA Common Research Model has proved a useful aerodynamic benchmark for predicting computational-fluid-dynamics-based drag and aerodynamic design optimization. The model was originally conceived as a purely aerodynamic benchmark, and as such the wing geometry corresponds to the deflected shape at its nominal 1 g flight condition. However, interest has been growing to extend this model to aeroelastic studies. Unfortunately, because of its predefined deflection, the model is not suitable for aeroelastic analysis and design. To address this issue, an undeflected Common Research Model is defined through an inverse design procedure that includes the outer mold line geometry of the undeflected wing and the corresponding internal wingbox structure. Additionally, because modern transport aircraft are trending toward higher-aspect-ratio wing designs, a higher-aspect-ratio variant of the aspect ratio 9 Common Research Model wing is developed to assess next-generation wing designs. This variant has an aspect ratio of 13.5 and is designed by using buffet-constrained multipoint aerostructural optimization. The purpose of these models is to provide publicly available benchmarks for aeroelastic wing analysis and design optimization.


All the files for the models in this paper are available on the uCRM page.

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