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A parametric study of optimum designs for benchmark stiffened wing panels

York, C. B., Williams, Fred Ward, Kennedy, David ORCID: and Butler, R. 1993. A parametric study of optimum designs for benchmark stiffened wing panels. Composites Engineering 3 (7-8) , pp. 619-632. 10.1016/0961-9526(93)90086-Y

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Results are presented for the most heavily and lightly loaded of eight benchmark stiffened laminated wing panels defined from a Dornier wing by a GARTEUR (Group for Aeronautical Research and Technology in Europe) working party. These benchmark panels had three identical and equally spaced blade stiffeners. The results were chosen to help designers to understand many important aspects of the choice of design variables, and of the effects of changing the sophistication of modelling and theory used, for a wide range of wing panels. The percentage changes of (global) optimum mass are presented, along with the final values of the design variables. Some examples of mass histories and of (rejected) local optimum masses are also given. The principal design variables are skin and blade ply thicknesses and blade height. Additional factors considered include the effects of adding flanges to the blades whose plies either matched those of the blades or were allowed to vary independently, varying the number of stiffeners, allowing the stiffeners to differ from each other, varying stiffener spacing, varying some ply angles, including the stiffening effect of adjacent spars, including the effects of continuity with laterally adjacent panels, including through thickness shear deformation in the panel analysis and analysing the panel with its true skewed shape rather than approximating it as rectangular in plan.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0961-9526
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 03:53

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