Quantification of Limit Cycle Oscillations in Nonlinear Aeroelastic Systems with Stochastic Parameters

This paper presents an analytical feature for limit cycle oscillation (LCO) in the nonlinear aeroelastic system of an airfoil, with major emphasis on its applications in LCO quantification. The nonlinear stiffness is modeled as the product of the pth power of vibration displacement and the qth power of velocity, with its coefficient as a stochastic parameter. One interesting finding is that the LCO amplitude is directly proportional to the 1/(1 - p - q)th power of the coefficient, whereas the frequency is independent of the coefficient. Based on this feature, the statistics and distribution functions of the LCO amplitude are obtained semianalytically, which are validated by Monte Carlo simulations. In addition, we discuss the possible influences of the nonlinear stiffness on flutter suppression of the airfoil subjected to Gaussian white noises. Surprisingly, increasing the nonlinear stiffness alone does not necessarily reduce the vibration amplitude as expected. Instead, it may sometimes induce disastrous subcritical LCOs with much higher vibration amplitudes.

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    • © 2016 C. C. Cui et al. The contents of this paper reflect the views of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Transportation Research Board or the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Authors:
    • Cui, C C
    • Liu, J K
    • Chen, Y M
  • Publication Date: 2016

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  • Accession Number: 01627181
  • Record Type: Publication
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