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A book on Morphing Wing Technologies<img alt="" src="" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> book on Morphing Wing TechnologiesA book on Morphing Wing Technologies<p style="text-align:justify;">Elsevier recently published, "Morphing Wing Technologies", a volume that collects contributions from academia, industry and research centers on aspects related to development, experimentation and testing of variable wings.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">1000 pages realized by 80 experts from 29 organizations and 11 countries (Brazil, USA, Canada, Portugal, Spain France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Romania and Russia): few data but enough to give an idea of the scope and extent of the work done. Eight CIRA researchers participated in the work, following the skill and know-how derived from years of activities in the field. They were Antonio Concilio and Ignazio Dimino, who together with Leonardo Lecce and Rosario Pecora (Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Naples "Federico II") are also the editors, Salvatore Ameduri, Gianluca Amendola, Monica Ciminello, Andrea Vigliotti, Antonio Pagano and Modesto Pecora.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">All together, they contributed to the creation of a text that provides an in-depth overview of current research on adaptive aircraft technology, including industrial design phases, the development of real-time prototypes and related certification issues. Composed of eight sections, the volume opens with the worldwide status of morphing wing technologies, the industrial development expectations and what is available in terms of "flying devices".</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Six progressive steps are conducted to outline a design process for a morphing aircraft wing. Initially, a study on the performance assessment is presented, introducing tools for the estimation of the impact of morphing systems. Skins - the most critical components of any adaptive wing - are then analyzed.  Polymeric, composites, and micro-structured materials are also discussed in the light of their compliance with tight requirements of such devices in terms of compactness, lightweight, reliability and readiness to certification.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Further sections examine how morphing systems affect and modify the traditional aeronautical engineering design process, from the simulation to the dynamic response interpretation, including aeroelastic behavior and how structural and aerodynamic studies may be integrated to propose viable aircraft morphing wing architectures. Manufacture aspects are finally dealt with, highlighting the difficulties in moving from CAD to real handcraft.  The last part of the book is dedicated to rotary wing systems and deals with the current implementation of adaptive structures technology on helicopters, including blade morphing, de-icing and vibro-acoustic control architectures.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In particular, the volume:</p><p></p><p>- Introduces applied design techniques and complete product examples such as adaptive leading edge, trailing edge and winglet systems;</p><p></p><p></p><p>- Considers distributed structural actuation, sensor and control systems, and dedicates special attention to commercial products suitable for integration purposes;</p><p></p><p></p><p>- Features a report on experimental processes and the main achievements in both lab and wind tunnel tests.<br></p><p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This book is an invaluable reference for aerospace PhD students, as well as for young and senior professionals desiring to have a first approach with the morphing wing potentialities.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> 27 novembre 2017<br></p>2017-11-23T23:00:00Z

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