A theoretical and experimental investigation of tail unit flutter on the M.S. 760 'Paris'

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dc.creator Mitchell, C. G. B.
dc.creator Johns, D. J.
dc.date 2014-12-08T11:21:23Z
dc.date 2014-12-08T11:21:23Z
dc.date 1962
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-09T10:17:29Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-09T10:17:29Z
dc.identifier http://dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826/8869
dc.identifier.uri https://reports.aerade.cranfield.ac.uk/handle/1826.2/4835
dc.description After an incident which, it was suspected, was due to symmetric elevator flutter, had occurred on the Morane-Saulnier 760 operated by the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, a theoretical and experimental investigation of the aircraft's flutter characteristics was undertaken. The theoretical investigation consisted of binary and ternary symmetric flutter calculations with and without the control circuit included. These showed the aircraft to be liable to flutter for mass distributions similar to that which existed at the time of the incident. The experimental work consisted of flight flutter tests using control jerk excitation with both film and magnetic tape recording. These showed that the aircraft as supplied by the makers had a critical speed for symmetric elevator flutter of 380 knots, but that this could be lowered to 240 knots by the installation of a stick force indicator combined with unfavourable distributions of fuel load and fuselage mass distribution. The tests also showed the tail unit mode excited by rudder kicks to be safe, but as doubt exists as to whether this mode is the most critical antisymmetric one, further work is needed on this aspect. A 75 c. p. s. rudder buzz was encountered that was not caused by compressibility effects. As a result of this investigation the elevator mass balance was increased and the aircraft proved to be free from elevator flutter up to at least 400 knots. A general conclusion reached in this investigation was that static balancing of control surfaces should include the effect of components of the control circuit attached to them if those components contribute to the inertia couplings induced by vibration in other elastic modes.
dc.language en
dc.publisher College of Aeronautics
dc.relation College of Aeronautics Reports
dc.relation 154
dc.relation COA/154
dc.title A theoretical and experimental investigation of tail unit flutter on the M.S. 760 'Paris'
dc.type Report

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