FEM is here used to ascertain the stability and aeroelastic response of thin, 2D panels subjected to Mach 0.8-2.5 flows. In the absence of shocks, it is found that the Euler equations used to represent the unsteady flowfield dynamics predict response behaviors resembling those obtained via potential flow methods. Where shocks do play a significant role in the overall motion of the panel, divergence and limit cycle flutter are observed. In the Mach 1.4-1.5 range, flutter involved the higher modes of the panel, tending toward possible chaotic motion.
AIAA PAPER 93-1476
; 15 p.|AIAA, ASME, ASCE, AHS, and ASC, Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, 34th and AIAA and ASME, Adaptive Structures Forum; Apr 19, 1993 - Apr 22, 1993; La Jolla, CA; United States