The bending of flexible body aircraft may degrade the ride coMfort of passengers. This is especially noticeable towards the aft end of the aircraft (due to the relatively large tail surfaces) which may easily be excited when flying through turbulence. In addition, some aircraft may experience a front body bending mode which can be annoying to the cabin crew and first class passengers. Normally, this dominant body bending mode falls between 1 to 5 Hz. This range is easily perceived by the human body. Also, in some situations, the rigid body control law may be out of phase with the mode and aggravate the vibration. Hence, an active modal suppression system is desirable for improving the ride quality of the airplane. The size of the mathematical model, which has both the airplane rigid body and flexible characteristics, could easily exceed 100 states. The computational burden and fidelity of this large structural model is addressed.
AIRCRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
NASA. Langley Research Center, Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Aspects in the Control of Flexible Systems, Part 2; p 801-823