Title
Modal parameter estimation and monitoring for on-line flight flutter analysis Modal parameter estimation and monitoring for on-line flight flutter analysis
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Engineering Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Mechanical systems and signal processing. - London
Volume/pages
18(2004) :3 , p. 587-610
ISSN
0888-3270
ISI
000188696100008
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
The clearance of the flight envelope of a new airplane by means of flight flutter testing is time consuming and expensive. Most common approach is to track the modal damping ratios during a number of flight conditions, and hence the accuracy of the damping estimates plays a crucial role. However, aircraft manufacturers desire to decrease the flight flutter testing time for practical, safety and economical reasons by evolving from discrete flight test points to a more continuous flight test pattern. Therefore, this paper presents an approach that provides modal parameter estimation and monitoring for an aircraft with a slowly time-varying structural behaviour that will be observed during a faster and more continuous exploration of the flight envelope. The proposed identification approach estimates the modal parameters directly from input/output Fourier data. This avoids the need for an averaging-based pre-processing of the data, which becomes inapplicable in the case that only short data records are measured. Instead of using a Hanning window to reduce effects of leakage, these transient effects are modelled simultaneously with the dynamical behaviour of the airplane. The method is validated for the monitoring of the system poles during flight flutter testing. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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