Aerothermoelastic Topology Optimization with Flutter and Buckling Metrics (Postprint)
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIR
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This work develops a framework for SIMP-based topology optimization of a metallic panel structure subjected to design-dependent aerodynamic, inertial, elastic, and thermal loads. Multi-physics eigenvalue-based design metrics such as thermal buckling and dynamic flutter are derived, along with their adjoint-based design derivatives. Locating the flutter point Hopf-bifurcation in a precise and efficient manner is a particular challenge, as is outfitting the optimization problem with sufficient constraints such that the critical flutter mode does not switch during the design process. Results are presented for flutter-optimal topologies of an unheated panel, thermal buckling-optimal topologies, and flutter-optimality of a heated panel where the latter case presents a topological compromise between the former two. The effect of various constraint boundaries, temperature gradients, and for the flutter of the heated panel thermal load magnitude are assessed. Off-design flutter and thermal buckling boundaries are given as well.
- Fluid Mechanics