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Investigating amplitude death in a coupled nonlinear aeroelastic system
Raaj A., Mondal S.,
Published in Elsevier Ltd
Volume: 129
Coupling nonlinear dynamical systems can lead to a host of phenomena, one of which leads to the complete cessation of their oscillations. This phenomenon is referred to as amplitude death (AD) in the dynamical systems literature. Recently, there is a growing interest to mitigate oscillatory or dynamic instabilities in a variety of engineering systems using AD. Deriving impetus from the same, we investigate the possibility of cessation of oscillatory instabilities in aeroelastic systems using the concept of AD. In specific, the suppression of flutter instability that arises in aeroelastic systems due to highly nonlinear fluid–structure interactions is investigated from the purview of AD. To that end, we consider two identical airfoils that are exposed to input fluid forces along the axial directions. The airfoils, via translational and rotational springs, are allowed to oscillate in plunge and pitch degrees of freedom. To augment the findings to in-field scenarios, we consider the individual cases of the input flow to be either uniform (deterministic) or possess randomly time varying components, respectively. To promote coupled interactions, the airfoils are coupled using a linear torsional spring. The coupled interaction of the airfoils at the flutter regime are then studied by obtaining the pitch and plunge responses. Further, the strength of the coupling and the time delay between the airfoils are systematically varied to investigate its effect on the regime of AD. The ability of AD to suppress flutter instability and thereby serve as a possible flutter suppression mechanism in both deterministic and stochastic input flow cases is then demonstrated. Finally, the phase delay values between the airfoils is computed to heuristically present a relationship between the coupling parameters and the post coupling signatures. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd
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