Design and Analysis of a Dynamic Loading System for a Morphing Winglet
thesisposted on 23.05.2021, 11:56 by Raffi Buchkazanian
The following thesis paper investigates the possible methods to perform a dynamic load test on a morphing winglet. A morphing winglet design capable of deflecting in the cant direction was developed by a joint partnership between Ryerson University and Bombardier Aerospace. In order to validate the model and complete a proof of concept, a loading fixture was required to test the structural integrity of the winglet under a defined load. Upon completion of an enumeration study of planar four-bar linkages, a passive R-P-R-P mechanism was designed to apply a constant perpendicular load throughout the cant motion. A design of the half size loading fixture was developed, optimized and manufactured to integrate with an existing cant module. The dynamic loading model was validated by producing a positive correlation between the theoretical analysis and the experimental results, leading to a successful proof of concept for a full scale test.