There are several advantages to the incorporation of an adaptable wing on an aircraft. Among these are increased fuel efficiency, greater maneuverability, and an improved ability to negotiate adverse conditions. This thesis explores the concept of a mechanically supported adaptable wing, where the supports are in the form of virtual spars running lengthwise along a wing of uniform cross-section. With no cross-sectional support to the wing, the skin spanning the area between the virtual spars experiences a certain amount of deflection due to the various aerodynamic forces acting on the wing. This thesis develops a process for optimizing (minimizing) the number of virtual spars required to support the wing while maintaining the original airfoil shape within a specified deflection tolerance.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Airplanes--Wings--Design and construction; Stability of airplanes; Airplanes--Design and construction; Aeronautics
Department, Program, or Center
Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE)
Pike, Cory, "Mechanical supported adaptable wing" (2000). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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