Aeroelastic tailoring using piezoelectric actuation and hybrid optimization

Aditi Chattopadhyay, Charles E. Seeley, Ratneshwar Jha

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Active control of fixed wing aircraft using piezoelectric materials has the potential to improve its aeroelastic response while reducing weight penalties. However, the design of active aircraft wings is a complex optimization problem requiring the use of formal optimization techniques. In this paper, a hybrid optimization procedure is applied to the design of an airplane wing, represented by a flat composite plate, with piezoelectric actuation to improve the aeroelastic response. Design objectives include reduced static displacements, improved passenger comfort during gust and increased damping. Constraints are imposed on the electric power consumption and ply stresses. Design variables include composite stacking sequence, actuator/sensor locations and controller gain. Numerical results indicate significant improvements in the design objectives and physically meaningful optimal designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 1998
EventSmart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 3 1998Feb 3 1998


OtherSmart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Active control
  • Aeroelastic tailoring
  • Composite material
  • Higher order theory
  • Optimization
  • Smart structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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