Static aeroelastic response of chiral-core airfoils
Extensive research is being devoted to the analysis and application of cellular solids for the design of innovative structural components. The chiral geometry in particular features a unique mechanical behavior which is here exploited for the design of 2D airfoils with morphing capabilities. A coupled-physics model, comprising computational fluid dynamics and structural analyses, investigates the influence of the chiral core on the aerodynamic behavior of the airfoil. Specifically, the model predicts the static deflection of the airfoil as a result of given flow conditions. The morphing capabilities of the airfoil, here quantified as camber changes, are evaluated for various design configurations of the core.