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Addressing Adaptive Structure Technology to Reduce the Airframe Noise(Link)
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Solid Mechanics (Dept.), Solid Mechanics (Div.).
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Adaptive Slat Design and Relative Stress & Damage Analysis (English)
Abstract [en]

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this thesis is to design and analyze the new generation leading edge slat of a commercial jet to reduce the structural noise with the application of new conceptual design approaches. Recent scientific research show that the leading edge slats account for the structural noise during the flight operation therefore, when the leading edge slat is deployed under different flight conditions, an open gap/slot is formed between the high lift device and the wing box. However, since the leading edge slat includes flexible sections, it is assumed that defining an adaptive system inside the leading edge slat may reduce the structural noise by utilizing bending properties of these flexible sections. Hence, electromechanical actuator designing gains also great importance in the whole process. In this study, we have used, finite element modelling of the slat structure to examine the required structural deformations and strengths; our work is based on the software ANSYS/Workbench. To be realistic in deciding the right geometry in the follow up steps, we have first studied a generic geometry having no aerodynamics or actuator forces application. The whole simulation was performed by defining dummy forces and dummy material properties. The simulation lead to having a global overview of the mechanical behaviour of the structure; further, once the influent parameters were tested, realistic aerodynamic forces and material properties were defined, and as a result of bending of the flexible sections the required gap closure was formed between the trailing edge of the slat and the wing box. Subsequently, the suitable actuator design and required strength analysis are also performed on the last section. This study has also proved that the use of adaptive systems on the leading edge slats improves flight comfort by reducing the structural noise and provides less fuel consumption; this is significant for the long run considerations of aeroplane manufacturers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 85 p.
Keyword [en]
Adaptive Slat, Composite Slat, Airbus, DLR, Slat deformation, airframe noise
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering Aerospace Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-132231OAI: diva2:659168
Subject / course
Solid Mechanics
Educational program
Master of Science - Engineering Mechanics
2012-12-10, Germany, Braunschweig, 11:37 (English)
es Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR)
Available from: 2013-10-30 Created: 2013-10-24 Last updated: 2013-10-30Bibliographically approved

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