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Modeling and experimental verification of a piezoelectric actuated flexible wing for Morphing and structural control

Grant number: 14/21827-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2015
Effective date (End): February 20, 2018
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering - Aerospace Structures
Acordo de Cooperação: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Carlos de Marqui Junior
Grantee:José Augusto de Carvalho Dias
Host Institution: Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/13717-9 - Modeling and experimental verification of a piezoelectric actuated flexible wing for morphing and structural control, BE.EP.DR


Smart materials have been widely investigated by different research groups over the last ten years. They have been employed as sensors or actuators, as well as their combined applications, for vibration control, and most recently, energy harvesting problems. Among the different smart materials, the piezoelectric one has received most attention. They can be employed as sensors or actuators, simultaneously or separately, can be easily installed, have large bandwidth as well as are commercially available in different sizes. The researches related to smart materials have lead to relevant improvements in the aeronautical engineering field. In particular, smart materials have been used in bio-inspired structures that include the combination of active and optimized shape control (morphing wings), flapping wings, and control of structural properties in order to improve the aeroelastic behavior of a structure. Piezoelectric materials are used as actuators in the previous cited cases. The literature shows that the linear piezoelectric constitutive relation has been employed in actuation problems. However, the recent literature also shows that the manifestation of nonlinearities in piezoelectric actuation problems has not been properly considered. The goal in this project is the electroelastic modeling of a flexible wing with piezoelectric actuators for morphing, flapping and control of elastic properties. A nonlinear finite element model will be presented in order to obtain the governing equations. However, the nonlinear behavior of the piezoelectric material will be considered by adding additional nonlinear terms in the piezoelectric constitutive equation. The unsteady aerodynamics will be modeled with the vortex particle method. The resulting numeric model is an important contribution for a more accurate representation of electroaeroelastic systems. The numerical electroelastic and eletroaeroelastic results will be experimentally verified. (AU)

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Scientific publications
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DE CARVALHO DIAS, JOSE AUGUSTO; CANDIDO DE SOUSA, VAGNER; ERTURK, ALPER; DE MARQUI JUNIOR, CARLOS. Nonlinear piezoelectric plate framework for aeroelastic energy harvesting and actuation applications. Smart Materials and Structures, v. 29, n. 10, . (14/21827-3, 17/08467-6, 15/26045-6, 16/13717-9)
Academic Publications
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DIAS, José Augusto de Carvalho. Elastic and aeroelastic behavior of electromechanical coupled structures in cases of energy harvesting and structural control considering piezoelectric nonlinearities.. 2019. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC/SBD) São Carlos.

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