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Research project: Energy Harvesting for Active Aeroelastic Control

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To achieve improved performances and reduce fuel consumption, aircraft are increasingly flexible. Gust and manoeuvre loads are main drivers for structural sizing. Active control can be used to reduce operational loads and, as a consequence, more lightweight aircraft than those designed without active control can be investigated. Aircraft dynamic characteristics change with altitude and speed, and a control system should take into account for these variations.

Wing section in the University of Liverpool wind tunnel
Wind Tunnel wing section

In addition to traditional control, the project will investigate the use of inverse simulation as a tool to bypass control system design.The objectives of the project are two-fold. The first is to investigate novel control strategies to control highly non-linear aero-servo-elastic systems by using the appropriate level of fidelity. The second objective is to investigate, design, test, and manufacture a mechanism to harvest energy from ambient sources and structural vibrations. The harvested energy is thus used to power the active control system.

Related research groups

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanic (AFM)
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