23 Sep 2014

October Lecture

  X-HALE: A VERY FLEXIBLE UAV
FOR NONLINEAR AEROELASTIC TESTS

Carlos Cesnik, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
Benjamin Meaker, Visiting Professor, University of Bristol

22nd October 2014
18:30 Lecture Starts 

Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University of Bristol
University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR


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Large-span aircraft configurations become dominant when designing for high fuel efficiency and/or high endurance flights, and these designs often exhibit large wing deformations. This talk will highlight some of efforts at the University of Michigan to better understand the impact of nonlinear aeroelastics on the characteristics of these flexible vehicles, notably the X-HALE experimental program that has been ongoing to evaluate some of these unusual aircraft behavior in-flight. This plane is representative of a very flexible HALE (high-altitude, long-endurance) type aircraft and demonstrates unusual aeroelastic features (e.g., coupled rigid/elastic body instability, large wing deflection during gust, etc.). This talk will describe the vehicle design, construction, the series of development flights and its current status. 

About the Location:
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk, Bristol, BS8 1TR
Located in the Queen’s Building, (Faculty of Engineering), University of Bristol, University Walk, BS8 1TR.
Park in University Walk – parking restrictions do not apply for evening lectures.
Please put a copy of the page below onto your car dashboard whilst you attend the lecture.
Enter via the main entrance to the building. Turn right at the Porter’s Lodge and take the stairs to the first floor (wheelchair users may use the lift). The Pugsley Lecture Theatre is directly in front of you.



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