RESEARCH ON AEROTHERMOELASTICITY.
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MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE AEROELASTIC AND STRUCTURES RESEARCH LAB
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The general effects of aerodynamic heating on the aeroelastic properties of flight vehicles are in vestigated. Attention was directed toward cou pling mechanisms between aeroelastic and heating ef Six specific projects relating to the overall problem area were investigated. These consisted of 1 thermal stress effects in aero elastic models, 2 vibration and flutter of coni cal and cylindrical shells, 3 aeroelastic prop erties of heated, low aspect ratio wings, 4 sub sonic flutter of panels on continuous elastic foundations, 5 flutter of orthotropic plates, and 6 local dynamic effects attendant to leading edge melting and ablation. These specific projects were all self-contained and a technical reports was issued on each of them except for item 6, the leading edge melting project, which proved to be a much larger task than had been anticipated and was dropped. Author