Welcome to the University of Alabama's premier Aeroelasticity and Control Research Group. To get started, simply select a link at the left for pages containing video clips demonstrating the software we are using to research various levels of aeroelasticity and stability.
Flight Dynamics[G] and Aeroelasticity are separate disciplines that both deals with the motion of aircraft, with flight dynamics solely dealing with rigid[G] body motion and aeroelasticity solely dealing with the elastic[G] motion of the aircraft. Both have their own set of assumptions to justify their coverage of the analysis of the aircraft motion. Note that these simplifying assumptions had been made well before powerful computers were available. Hence, our challenge is to see what we miss by making these assumptions. In some stage of this project, we want to unify these two disciplines.
About the group:
Dr. Ilhan Tuzcu, Aerospace Engineering Mentor
Martha Addison, Aerospace Engineering Student researcher
Dr. Phillip Bradford, Computer Science Mentor
Jared Lauridsen, Website Designer(student, Computer-Based Honors Program)
Shameka Dawson, Computer Science Student Researcher
Use a unified formula for flight dynamics and aeroelasticity to obtain a model of a flexible aircraft;
To reduce the model's complexity and create software to simulate the model;
Design a robust feedback control that stabilizes the reduced and complex models;
What's on the horizon:
We're currently developing our modeling software. Expect it by the end of the summer.
Videos demonstrating our software
Access to our open source software
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org