Abstract:The dynamics of a two-degrees-of-freedom (pitch–plunge) aeroelastic system is investigated. The aerodynamic force is modeled as a piecewise linear function of the effective angle of attack. Conditions for admissible (existing) and virtual equilibria are determined. The stability and bifurcations of equilibria are analyzed. We find saddle-node, border collision and rapid bifurcations. The analysis shows that the pitch–plunge model with a simple piecewise linear approximation of the aerodynamic force can reprodu… Show more
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