In the framework of structural mechanics, the classical beam theories that are commonly adopted in many applications may be affected by inconsistencies, because they are not able to foresee higher-order phenomena, such as elastic bending/shear couplings, restrained torsional warping and 3D strain effects. Depending on the problem, those limitations can be overcome by using more complex and computationally expensive 2D and 3D models or, alternatively, by adopting refined beam models, to which many scientists have dedicated their research over the last century. % One of the latest contributions to the development of advanced models, including variable kinematic beam theories, is the Carrera Unified Formulation (CUF), which is the main subject of the research discussed in this thesis. According to CUF, the 3D displacement field can be expressed as an arbitrary expansion of the generalized displacements. Depending on the choice of the polynomials employed in the expansion, various classes of beam models can be implemented. In this work, for instance, Taylor-like and Lagrange polynomials are adopted. The former choice leads to the so-called TE (Taylor Expansion) beam models, whereas LE (Lagrange Expansion) beam models with only pure displacement variables are obtained by interpolating the problem unknowns by Lagrange polynomials. The strength of CUF lies in the fact that, independently of the choice of the polynomials, the governing equations are written in terms of fundamental nuclei, which are invariant with the theory class and order. In this thesis, both strong and weak form governing equations for arbitrarily refined CUF models are derived. Subsequently, exact closed-form and approximate solutions are sought. Exact solutions of any beam model with arbitrary boundary conditions are found by formulating a frequency-dependant Dynamic Stiffness (DS) matrix and by using the Wittrick-Williams algorithm to carry out the resulting transcendental eigenvalue problem for free vibration analysis. Conversely, a linear eigenvalue problem is also derived by approximating the strong form governing equations by Radial Basis Functions (RBFs). On the other hand, weak form solutions are discussed by Finite Element Method (FEM), which still deserves important attentions due to its versatility and numerical efficiency. The various problems of the mechanics are addressed, including static, free vibration and dynamic response problems. Based on CUF and the proposed numerical methods, advanced methodologies for the analysis of complex structures, such as aircraft structures and civil engineering constructions, are developed. Those advanced techniques make use of the Component-Wise (CW) and the Multi-Line approaches. The CW method exploits the natural capability of the LE CUF beam models to be assembled at the cross-section level. This characteristic allows the analyst to use only CUF beam elements to model each component (e.g., stringers, panels and ribs) of the structure and purely physical surfaces are employed to construct the mathematical models. In the ML framework, on the other hand, each component of the structure is modelled via TE beam elements of arbitrary order. Compatibility of displacements between two or more components is then enforced through the Lagrange multipliers method. The second part of this thesis deals with aeroelasticity. In particular, the Vortex (VLM) and the Doublet Lattice Methods (DLM) are employed and extended to CUF to develop aeroelastic models. VLM is used to model the steady contribution in the aerodynamic model, whereas DLM provides the unsteady contribution in the frequency domain. The infinite plate spline approach is adopted for the mesh-to-mesh transformation. Finally, the g-method is described as an effective means for the formulation of the flutter stability problem. Particular attention is given to the extension of this methodology to exact DS solutions of CUF beams. Simplified, discrete, dynamic gust response analysis by refined beam models is also discussed. In this work, vertical gusts and one-minus-cosine idealization is addressed. Accordingly, gust loads in terms of time-dependent load factors are formulated. Subsequently, the mode superposition method is briefly introduced in order to solve the linear dynamic response problem in the time domain by using both weak and strong form solutions of CUF models. In the final part of the work, extensions of 1D CUF models for Fluid-Dynamics problems are carried out. CUF approximation of laminar, incompressible, Stokes flows with constant viscosity was introduced in a recent thesis work and it is here extended to the hierarchical p-version of FEM, which makes use of Legendre-like polynomials to interpolate the generalized unknowns along the 1D computational domain. Finally, the structural, aeroelastic and fluid-dynamics formulations are validated by discussing some selected results. In particular, regarding structures, the efficiency of the various numerical approaches when applied to CUF is investigated and simple to complex problems are considered, including metallic and composite wings. The aeroelastic analyses show that classical beam models are not adequate for the flutter detection, and at least a third-order beam model is required. Contrarily, classical beam models can be quite accurate in dynamic gust response analysis if no coupling phenomena occur, i.e. when the response is dominated by only pure bending modes. Regarding fluid-dynamics, it is demonstrated that CUF models can reproduce the results by finite volume codes for both simple Poiseuille and complex non-axisymmetric fluids in cylinders. In general, the capability of the proposed CUF models to provide accurate results with very low computational efforts is firmly highlighted. Similar analyses are possible only by using 3D models, which usually require a number of degrees of freedom that is some two order of magnitude higher.

Titolo: | Component-wise models for static, dynamic and aeroelastic analyses of metallic and composite aerospace structures |

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Data di pubblicazione: | 2015 |

Abstract: | In the framework of structural mechanics, the classical beam theories that are commonly adopted i...n many applications may be affected by inconsistencies, because they are not able to foresee higher-order phenomena, such as elastic bending/shear couplings, restrained torsional warping and 3D strain effects. Depending on the problem, those limitations can be overcome by using more complex and computationally expensive 2D and 3D models or, alternatively, by adopting refined beam models, to which many scientists have dedicated their research over the last century. % One of the latest contributions to the development of advanced models, including variable kinematic beam theories, is the Carrera Unified Formulation (CUF), which is the main subject of the research discussed in this thesis. According to CUF, the 3D displacement field can be expressed as an arbitrary expansion of the generalized displacements. Depending on the choice of the polynomials employed in the expansion, various classes of beam models can be implemented. In this work, for instance, Taylor-like and Lagrange polynomials are adopted. The former choice leads to the so-called TE (Taylor Expansion) beam models, whereas LE (Lagrange Expansion) beam models with only pure displacement variables are obtained by interpolating the problem unknowns by Lagrange polynomials. The strength of CUF lies in the fact that, independently of the choice of the polynomials, the governing equations are written in terms of fundamental nuclei, which are invariant with the theory class and order. In this thesis, both strong and weak form governing equations for arbitrarily refined CUF models are derived. Subsequently, exact closed-form and approximate solutions are sought. Exact solutions of any beam model with arbitrary boundary conditions are found by formulating a frequency-dependant Dynamic Stiffness (DS) matrix and by using the Wittrick-Williams algorithm to carry out the resulting transcendental eigenvalue problem for free vibration analysis. Conversely, a linear eigenvalue problem is also derived by approximating the strong form governing equations by Radial Basis Functions (RBFs). On the other hand, weak form solutions are discussed by Finite Element Method (FEM), which still deserves important attentions due to its versatility and numerical efficiency. The various problems of the mechanics are addressed, including static, free vibration and dynamic response problems. Based on CUF and the proposed numerical methods, advanced methodologies for the analysis of complex structures, such as aircraft structures and civil engineering constructions, are developed. Those advanced techniques make use of the Component-Wise (CW) and the Multi-Line approaches. The CW method exploits the natural capability of the LE CUF beam models to be assembled at the cross-section level. This characteristic allows the analyst to use only CUF beam elements to model each component (e.g., stringers, panels and ribs) of the structure and purely physical surfaces are employed to construct the mathematical models. In the ML framework, on the other hand, each component of the structure is modelled via TE beam elements of arbitrary order. Compatibility of displacements between two or more components is then enforced through the Lagrange multipliers method. The second part of this thesis deals with aeroelasticity. In particular, the Vortex (VLM) and the Doublet Lattice Methods (DLM) are employed and extended to CUF to develop aeroelastic models. VLM is used to model the steady contribution in the aerodynamic model, whereas DLM provides the unsteady contribution in the frequency domain. The infinite plate spline approach is adopted for the mesh-to-mesh transformation. Finally, the g-method is described as an effective means for the formulation of the flutter stability problem. Particular attention is given to the extension of this methodology to exact DS solutions of CUF beams. Simplified, discrete, dynamic gust response analysis by refined beam models is also discussed. In this work, vertical gusts and one-minus-cosine idealization is addressed. Accordingly, gust loads in terms of time-dependent load factors are formulated. Subsequently, the mode superposition method is briefly introduced in order to solve the linear dynamic response problem in the time domain by using both weak and strong form solutions of CUF models. In the final part of the work, extensions of 1D CUF models for Fluid-Dynamics problems are carried out. CUF approximation of laminar, incompressible, Stokes flows with constant viscosity was introduced in a recent thesis work and it is here extended to the hierarchical p-version of FEM, which makes use of Legendre-like polynomials to interpolate the generalized unknowns along the 1D computational domain. Finally, the structural, aeroelastic and fluid-dynamics formulations are validated by discussing some selected results. In particular, regarding structures, the efficiency of the various numerical approaches when applied to CUF is investigated and simple to complex problems are considered, including metallic and composite wings. The aeroelastic analyses show that classical beam models are not adequate for the flutter detection, and at least a third-order beam model is required. Contrarily, classical beam models can be quite accurate in dynamic gust response analysis if no coupling phenomena occur, i.e. when the response is dominated by only pure bending modes. Regarding fluid-dynamics, it is demonstrated that CUF models can reproduce the results by finite volume codes for both simple Poiseuille and complex non-axisymmetric fluids in cylinders. In general, the capability of the proposed CUF models to provide accurate results with very low computational efforts is firmly highlighted. Similar analyses are possible only by using 3D models, which usually require a number of degrees of freedom that is some two order of magnitude higher. |

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