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See detailExperimental Passive Flutter Mitigation Using a Linear Tuned Vibrations Absorber
Verstraelen, Edouard ULg; Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Proceedings of the IMAC XXXIV Conference (2016)

The current drive for increased efficiency in aeronautic structures such as aircraft, wind turbine blades and helicopter blades often leads to weight reduction. A consequence of this tendency can be ... [more ▼]

The current drive for increased efficiency in aeronautic structures such as aircraft, wind turbine blades and helicopter blades often leads to weight reduction. A consequence of this tendency can be increased flexibility, which in turn can lead to unfavourable aeroelastic phenomena involving large amplitude oscillations and nonlinear effects such as geometric hardening and stall flutter. Vibration mitigation is one of the approaches currently under study for avoiding these phenomena. In the present work, passive vibration mitigation is applied to an experimental aeroelastic system by means of a linear tuned vibration absorber. The aeroelastic apparatus is a pitch and flap wing that features a continuously hardening restoring torque in pitch and a linear one in flap. Extensive analysis of the system with and without absorber at subcritical and supercritical airspeeds showed an improvement in flutter speed around 34%, a suppression of a jump due to stall flutter, and a reduction in LCO amplitude. Mathematical modelling of the experimental system showed that optimal flutter delay can be obtained when two of the system modes flutter simultaneously. However, the absorber quickly loses effectiveness as it is detuned. The wind tunnel measurements showed that the tested absorbers were much slower to lose effectiveness than those of the mathematical predictions. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of nonlinear normal modes of engineering structures under broadband forcing
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2016)

The objective of the present paper is to develop a two-step methodology integrating system identification and numerical continuation for the experimental extraction of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) under ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present paper is to develop a two-step methodology integrating system identification and numerical continuation for the experimental extraction of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) under broadband forcing. The first step processes acquired input and output data to derive an experimental state-space model of the structure. The second step converts this state-space model into a model in modal space from which NNMs are computed using shooting and pseudo-arclength continuation. The method is demonstrated using noisy synthetic data simulated on a cantilever beam with a hardening-softening nonlinearity at its free end. [less ▲]

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See detailDirection and surface sampling in ray tracing for spacecraft radiative heat transfer
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Masset, Luc ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Aerospace Science and Technology (2015), 47

This paper addresses the computation of radiative exchange factors through Monte Carlo ray tracing with the aim of reducing their computation time when dealing with the finite element method. Both ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the computation of radiative exchange factors through Monte Carlo ray tracing with the aim of reducing their computation time when dealing with the finite element method. Both direction and surface samplings are studied. The recently-introduced isocell method for partitioning the unit disk is applied to the direction sampling and compared to other direction sampling methods. It is then combined to different surface sampling schemes with either one or multiple rays traced per surface sampling point. Two promising approaches present better performances than standard spacecraft thermal analysis software. The first approach combines a Gauss surface sampling strategy with a local isocell direction sampling, whereas the second approach fires one ray per surface points using a global isocell direction sampling scheme. The advantages and limitations of the two methods are discussed, and they are benchmarked against a standard thermal analysis software using the entrance baffle of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager instrument of the Solar Orbiter mission. [less ▲]

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See detailFinite Element Model Reduction for Spacecraft Thermal Analysis
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Masset, Luc ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Scientific conference (2015, November 03)

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, especially for space structure design. However, FEM is not yet often used for thermal engineering of space structures where the ... [more ▼]

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, especially for space structure design. However, FEM is not yet often used for thermal engineering of space structures where the lumped parameter method (LPM) is still dominant. Both methods offer advantages and disadvantages and the proposed global approach tries to combine both methods: - The LPM conductive links are error-prone and still too often computed by hand. This is incompatible with the increasing accuracy required by the thermal control systems (TCS) and associated thermal models. Besides offering the automatic and accurate computation of the conductive links, the FEM also provides easy interaction between mechanical and thermal models, allowing better thermo-mechanical analyses. - On another hand, due to the large number of elements composing a FE model, the computation of the radiative exchange factors (REFs) is prohibitively expensive. New methods to accelerate the REFs computation by ray-tracing are necessary. Ray-tracing enhancement methods were presented in the previous editions, providing at least a 50% reduction of the number of rays required for a given accuracy. Another way to speed up the REF computation consists in grouping the FE external facets into super-faces. Surfaces in FEM are approximated where primitives are used in the LPM. In parallel to super-faces, quadric surface fitting of selected regions in the FE mesh is therefore performed where high surface accuracy is required for the computation of the radiative links and environmental heat loads. Last year’s presentation focused solely on the first point. Developments of super-face ray-tracing with quadrics fitting will be presented. In addition to REFs, orbital heat loads computation is also implemented with significant improvement. The presentation will also address the global process involving first the detailed FE model conductive reduction, then the super-faces generation with selective quadric fitting for the computation of REFs and orbital heat loads and finally the computation of the reduced model temperatures. Detailed FE model temperature field can then be computed back from the reduced ones and the reduction matrices for potential thermo-mechanical analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailThe harmonic balance method for bifurcation analysis of large-scale nonlinear mechanical systems
Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2015), 296

The harmonic balance (HB) method is widely used in the literature for analyzing the periodic solutions of nonlinear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to exploit the method for bifurcation ... [more ▼]

The harmonic balance (HB) method is widely used in the literature for analyzing the periodic solutions of nonlinear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to exploit the method for bifurcation analysis, i.e., for the detection and tracking of bifurcations of nonlinear systems. To this end, an algorithm that combines the computation of the Floquet exponents with bordering techniques is developed. A new procedure for the tracking of Neimark–Sacker bifurcations that exploits the properties of eigenvalue derivatives is also proposed. The HB method is demonstrated using numerical experiments of a spacecraft structure that possesses a nonlinear vibration isolation device. [less ▲]

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See detailGrey-box nonlinear state-space modelling for mechanical vibrations identification
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Schoukens, Johan; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in IFAC-PapersOnLine (2015, October), 48(28), 817-822

In the present paper, a flexible and parsimonious model of the vibrations of nonlinear mechanical systems is introduced in the form of state-space equations. It is shown that the nonlinear model terms can ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, a flexible and parsimonious model of the vibrations of nonlinear mechanical systems is introduced in the form of state-space equations. It is shown that the nonlinear model terms can be formed using a limited number of output measurements. A two-step identification procedure is derived for this grey-box model, integrating nonlinear subspace initialisation and maximum likelihood optimisation. The complete procedure is demonstrated on the Silverbox benchmark, which is an electrical mimicry of a single-degree-of-freedom mechanical system with one displacement-dependent nonlinearity. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear normal modes, modal interactions and isolated resonance curves
Kuether, Robert J.; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Detroux, Thibaut ULg et al

in Journal of Sound and Vibration (2015), 351

The objective of the present study is to explore the connection between the nonlinear normal modes of an undamped and unforced nonlinear system and the isolated resonance curves that may appear in the ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study is to explore the connection between the nonlinear normal modes of an undamped and unforced nonlinear system and the isolated resonance curves that may appear in the damped response of the forced system. To this end, an energy balance technique is used to predict the amplitude of the harmonic forcing that is necessary to excite a specific nonlinear normal mode. A cantilever beam with a nonlinear spring at its tip serves to illustrate the developments. The practical implications of isolated resonance curves are also discussed by computing the beam response to sine sweep excitations of increasing amplitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal-vacuum and vibration test campaigns that led to the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite being fully qualified by ESA for launch and operation in Earth orbit
De Dijcker, Sébastien ULg; Werner, Xavier ULg; Broun, Valery ULg et al

Conference (2015, September)

OUFTI-1’s test campaigns were divided into two phases. The goal of Phase 1 is to demonstrate that the different functionalities of the satellite work as intended. The goal of Phase 2 is to subsequently ... [more ▼]

OUFTI-1’s test campaigns were divided into two phases. The goal of Phase 1 is to demonstrate that the different functionalities of the satellite work as intended. The goal of Phase 2 is to subsequently demonstrate that the satellite can withstand the launch into orbit, and then work properly in the conditions of space. The corresponding tests thus involve both thermal-vacuum environmental tests (in appropriate test chambers) and vibration tests (on appropriate vibration pods). The conditions simulated during these tests are as close as possible to those that the satellite will encounter during its mission, covering as many cases as possible, amid uncertainties, since neither the launcher nor the orbit were known prior to the tests. Both phases involve the flight model (FM), in accordance with the so-called "protoflight" approach. [less ▲]

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See detailOverview of the ground facilities for controlling the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite and for routing its radio-communications through the worldwide D-STAR repeater network
Werner, Xavier ULg; De Dijcker, Sébastien ULg; Broun, Valery ULg et al

Poster (2015, September)

Overview of the current state and upgrade plan of the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite ground segment. The OUFTI-1 project was initiated in September 2007. The OUFTI-1 nanosatellite is a one-unit (1U) CubeSat. Its ... [more ▼]

Overview of the current state and upgrade plan of the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite ground segment. The OUFTI-1 project was initiated in September 2007. The OUFTI-1 nanosatellite is a one-unit (1U) CubeSat. Its main payload is - in essence - a D-STAR repeater in space, potentially the first one ever. D-STAR is an amateur-radio (“ham”), digital radio-communication protocol (with associated equipment) allowing the simultaneous transmission of voice and data, such as GPS coordinates and call-signs. The satellite was tested in 2014 and 2015 within the ESA’s Education Office Fly Your Satellite! (FYS) project, and it is now fully qualified and ready for launch and operation in space. [less ▲]

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See detailArchitecture of educational OUFTI-1 nanosatellite of University of Liège, as tested in preparation for space flight
Werner, Xavier ULg; De Dijcker, Sébastien ULg; Broun, Valery ULg et al

Poster (2015, September)

Overview of the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite space segment. The OUFTI-1 project was initiated in September 2007. The nanosatellite is a one-unit (1U) CubeSat. Its main payload is - in essence - a D-STAR repeater ... [more ▼]

Overview of the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite space segment. The OUFTI-1 project was initiated in September 2007. The nanosatellite is a one-unit (1U) CubeSat. Its main payload is - in essence - a D-STAR repeater in space, potentially the first one ever. D-STAR is an amateur-radio (“ham”), digital radio communication - protocol (with associated equipment) allowing the simultaneous transmission of voice and data, such as GPS coordinates and call-signs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe harmonic balance method for bifurcation analysis of large-scale nonlinear mechanical systems
Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

Conference (2015, August 26)

The harmonic balance (HB) method is widely used in the literature for analyzing the periodic solutions of nonlinear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to extend the method for bifurcation ... [more ▼]

The harmonic balance (HB) method is widely used in the literature for analyzing the periodic solutions of nonlinear mechanical systems. The objective of this paper is to extend the method for bifurcation analysis, i.e., for the detection and tracking of bifurcations of nonlinear systems. To this end, an algorithm that combines the computation of the Floquet exponents with bordering techniques is developed. A new procedure for the tracking of Neimark-Sacker bifurcations that exploits the properties of eigenvalue derivatives is also proposed. As an application, the frequency response of a structure spacecraft is studied, together with two nonlinear phenomena, namely quasiperiodic oscillations and detached resonance curves. This example illustrates how bifurcation tracking using the HB method can be employed as a promising design tool for detecting and eliminating such undesired behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailA principle of similarity for nonlinear vibration absorbers
Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Conference (2015, August 05)

With continual interest in expanding the performance envelope of engineering systems, nonlinear components are increasingly utilized in real-world applications. This causes the failure of wellestablished ... [more ▼]

With continual interest in expanding the performance envelope of engineering systems, nonlinear components are increasingly utilized in real-world applications. This causes the failure of wellestablished techniques to mitigate resonant vibrations. In particular, this holds for the linear tuned vibration absorber (LTVA), which requires an accurate tuning of its natural frequency to the resonant vibration frequency of interest. This is why the nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA), the nonlinear counterpart of the LTVA, has been recently developed. An unconventional aspect of this absorber is that its restoring force is tailored according to the nonlinear restoring force of the primary system. This allows the NLTVA to extend the so-called Den Hartog’s equal-peak rule to the nonlinear range. In this work, a fully analytical procedure, exploiting harmonic balance and perturbation techniques, is developed to define the optimal value of the nonlinear terms of the NLTVA. The developments are such that they can deal with any polynomial nonlinearity in the host structure. Another interesting feature of the NLTVA, discussed in the paper, is that nonlinear terms of different orders do not interact with each other in first approximation, thus they can be treated separately. Numerical results obtained through the shooting method coupled with pseudoarclength continuation validate the analytical developments. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolated response curves in a base-excited, two-degree-of-freedom, nonlinear system
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

in Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (2015, August)

In the present paper, isolated response curves in a nonlinear system consisting of two masses sliding on a horizontal guide are examined. Transverse springs are attached to one mass to provide the ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, isolated response curves in a nonlinear system consisting of two masses sliding on a horizontal guide are examined. Transverse springs are attached to one mass to provide the nonlinear restoring force, and a harmonic motion of the complete system is imposed by prescribing the displacement of their supports. Numerical simulations are carried out to study the conditions of existence of isolated solutions, their bifurcations, their merging with the main response branch and their basins of attraction. This is achieved using tools including nonlinear normal modes, energy balance, harmonic balance-based continuation and bifurcation tracking, and global analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailBifurcation analysis of a spacecraft structure using the harmonic balance method
Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

in Proceedings of the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (2015, August)

The harmonic balance (HB) method has been widely used in the past few years, as a numerical tool for the study of nonlinear models. However, in its classical formulation the HB method is limited to the ... [more ▼]

The harmonic balance (HB) method has been widely used in the past few years, as a numerical tool for the study of nonlinear models. However, in its classical formulation the HB method is limited to the approximation of periodic solutions. The present paper proposes to extend the method to the detection and tracking of bifurcations in the codimension-2 system parameters space. To validate the methodology, the forced response of a real spacecraft is examined. The paper first provides some numerical evidence of the presence of quasiperiodic oscillations and isolated solutions. It then demonstrates how the tracking of Neimark-Sacker and fold bifurcations can help get a deeper understanding of these attractors. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance, robustness and sensitivity analysis of the nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2015), 60-61

The nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) is a recently developed nonlinear absorber which generalizes Den Hartog׳s equal peak method to nonlinear systems. If the purposeful introduction of ... [more ▼]

The nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) is a recently developed nonlinear absorber which generalizes Den Hartog׳s equal peak method to nonlinear systems. If the purposeful introduction of nonlinearity can enhance system performance, it can also give rise to adverse dynamical phenomena, including detached resonance curves and quasiperiodic regimes of motion. Through the combination of numerical continuation of periodic solutions, bifurcation detection and tracking, and global analysis, the present study identifies boundaries in the NLTVA parameter space delimiting safe, unsafe and unacceptable operations. The sensitivity of these boundaries to uncertainty in the NLTVA parameters is also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailTheoretical and experimental investigation of a structurally and aerodynamically nonlinear pitch and flap wing
Verstraelen, Edouard ULg; Boutet, Johan ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, IFASD 2015 (2015, June 29)

This paper presents and experimental and theoretical investigation of a novel nonlinear aeroelastic system. It consists of a wing with pitch and flap degrees of freedom, suspended from a leaf spring ... [more ▼]

This paper presents and experimental and theoretical investigation of a novel nonlinear aeroelastic system. It consists of a wing with pitch and flap degrees of freedom, suspended from a leaf spring secured in a nonlinear clamp. Both the structural and the aerodynamic forces acting on the wing can be nonlinear, depending on the amplitude of oscillations. Wind tunnel experiments show that the system undergoes a supercritical Hopf bifurcation that leads to small amplitude limit cycle oscillations. At a particular airspeed, the pitch amplitude jumps to a much higher value and dynamic stall starts to occur. Three mathematical models of the system are formulated, one based on linear aerodynamics and two based on the Leishman-Beddoes dynamic stall model. The objective of the modelling is to determine whether the jump in pitch oscillation amplitude is due to dynamic stall. The predictions for amplitude, frequency and mean angle of the limit cycle oscillations are compared to the experimental observations. All three models predict the small amplitude oscillations with satisfactory accuracy. The complete Leishman-Beddoes model predicts the occurrence of a jump in pitch amplitude but the magnitude of this jump is signi cantly overestimated. The other two models completely fail to model the jump. The failure of the Leishman-Beddoes model to predict the correct post-jump oscillation amplitude may be due to the values selected for the model parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailThe nonlinear piezoelectric tuned vibration absorber
Soltani, Payam ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Scientific conference (2015, June 03)

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See detailThe nonlinear piezoelectric tuned vibration absorber
Soltani, Payam ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Smart Materials and Structures (2015), 24(07), 075015

This paper proposes a piezoelectric vibration absorber, termed the nonlinear piezoelectric tuned vibration absorber (NPTVA), for the mitigation of nonlinear resonances of mechanical systems. The new ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a piezoelectric vibration absorber, termed the nonlinear piezoelectric tuned vibration absorber (NPTVA), for the mitigation of nonlinear resonances of mechanical systems. The new feature of the NPTVA is that its nonlinear restoring force is designed according to a principle of similarity, i.e., the NPTVA should be an electrical analog of the nonlinear host system. Analytical formulas for the NPTVA parameters are derived using the homotopy perturbation method. Doing so, a nonlinear generalization of Den Hartog’s equal-peak tuning rule is developed for piezoelectric vibration absorbers. [less ▲]

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See detailNonlinear ground vibration identification of an F-16 aircraft - Part 2: Understanding Nonlinear Behaviour in Aerospace Structures Using Sine-sweep Testing
Dossogne, Tilàn ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Proceedings of the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics (2015, June)

Although they are generally modelled as linear systems, aircraft structures are known to be prone to nonlinear phenomena. A specific challenge encountered with fighter aircraft, besides aeroelastic ... [more ▼]

Although they are generally modelled as linear systems, aircraft structures are known to be prone to nonlinear phenomena. A specific challenge encountered with fighter aircraft, besides aeroelastic nonlinearity, is the modelling of the wing-to-payload mounting interfaces. For large amplitudes of vibration, friction and gaps may be triggered in these connections and markedly impact the dynamic behaviour of the complete structure. In this series of two papers, the nonlinear dynamics of an F-16 aircraft is investigated using rigorous methods applied to real data collected during a ground vibration test campaign. The present work focuses on the analysis of sine-sweep measurements in order to get an insightful understanding about the nonlinear behaviour of the aircraft. To this extent, restoring force surface and wavelet transform methods are applied both on the collected GVT data and simulation results performed on a simple numerical model of the F-16 wing and its payload. [less ▲]

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