Morphing Aircaft Dynamical Model: Longitudinal Shape Changes Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper develops an aerodynamic model and a dynamic model of a morphing flying wing aircraft. The dynamic model includes realistic aerodynamic forces, consisting of lift, drag, and pitching moment about the leading edge, calculated using a constant strength source doublet panel method. The panel method allows for the calculation of aerodynamic forces due to large scale shape changing effects. The dynamic model calculates state information for the morphing wing based on the aerodynamic forces from the panel method. The model allows for multiple shape changing degrees-of-freedom for the wing, including thickness, sweep, dihedral angle, and chord length. Results show the model provides a versatile and computationally efficient tool for calculating the aerodynamic forces on the morphing aircraft and using these forces to show the associated states. Copyright 2008 by Adam Niksch, John Valasek, Thomas W. Strganac, and Leland A. Carlson.

name of conference

  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit

published proceedings

  • AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference and Exhibit

author list (cited authors)

  • Niksch, A., Valasek, J., Carlson, L., & Strganac, T.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Niksch, Adam||Valasek, John||Carlson, Leland||Strganac, Thomas

publication date

  • August 2008