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A novel approach to control the shape change of a reconfigurable wing using shape memory alloy

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dc.creator Xing, Zhe
dc.date 2012-09-17T10:08:11Z
dc.date 2012-09-17T10:08:11Z
dc.date 2007
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-10T10:21:19Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-10T10:21:19Z
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11189/386
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11189/386
dc.description Thesis (MTech (Mechanical Engineering))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2007.
dc.description Engineers and Technologists have found several approaches to control the shape of an aerofoil and improve the performance of a wing at different flow regimes; this research has been done at 2D level. In this work, a novel approach has been developed. The inspiration for this work comes from biological research. A 3D wing body has been modeled and flow conditions around it were simulated by advanced computer technology. The fabrication of the wing, based on the design optimization model, has been conducted using rapid prototyping technology. The unique thermal and mechanical properties that are exhibited by shape memory alloys (SMAs) have presented an exciting design possibility in the field of aerospace engineering. This kind of smart material was incorporated in the wing structure and when activated can alter the shape of the wing, thus effectively increasing the efficiency of a wing in flight, at several different flow regimes.
dc.language en
dc.rights http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/za/
dc.subject Shape memory alloys
dc.subject Aerospace engineering
dc.subject Airplanes -- Wings
dc.title A novel approach to control the shape change of a reconfigurable wing using shape memory alloy
dc.type Thesis


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