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Suppression of Aeroelastic Instabilities by Broadband Passive Targeted Energy Transfers

Alexander Vakakis, Lawrence Bergman, Gaetan Kerschen, Young Sup Lee, D. Michael McFarland
We study passive and nonlinear targeted energy transfers induced by transient resonant interactions between an essentially nonlinear attachment and an in-flow rigid wing model. We show that it is feasible to partially or even
completely suppress aeroelastic instabilities in the wing (limit cycle oscillations - LCOs) by passively transferring broadband vibration energy from the wing to the attachment in a one-way irreversible fashion. We study the nonlinear dynamical mechanisms that govern TET and show that they are series of transient or sustained resonance captures in different resonance manifolds of the dynamics. Aeroelastic instability suppression is performed by partially or
completely eliminating the triggering mechanism for aeroelastic instability. Through numerical
parametric studies we identify three main mechanisms for suppressing aeroelastic insta-
bility, and investigate them in detail, both numerically by Empirical Mode decomposition, and analytically by slow/fast partitions of the transient dynamics.
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