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Publication - Professor Paul Weaver

    Adaptive compliant structures for flow regulation


    Arena, G, Groh, RM, Brinkmeyer, A, Theunissen, R, Weaver, PM & Pirrera, A, 2017, ‘Adaptive compliant structures for flow regulation’. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, vol 473.


    This paper introduces conceptual design principles for a novel class of adaptive structures that provide both flow regulation and control. While of general applicability, these design principles, which revolve around the idea of using the instabilities and elastically nonlinear behaviour of post-buckled panels, are exemplified through a case study: the design of a shape-adaptive air inlet. The inlet comprises a deformable post-buckled member that changes shape depending on the pressure field applied by the surrounding fluid, thereby regulating the inlet aperture. By tailoring the stress field in the post-buckled state and the geometry of the initial, stress-free configuration, the deformable section can snap through to close or open the inlet completely. Owing to its inherent ability to change shape in response to external stimuli-i.e. the aerodynamic loads imposed by different operating conditions-the inlet does not have to rely on linkages and mechanisms for actuation, unlike conventional flow-controlling devices.

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