Stochastic optimization of nonlinear energy sinks for the mitigation of limit cycle oscillations

Bharath Pidaparthi, Samy Missoum

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This paper investigates the mitigation of limit cycle oscillations (LCOs) using optimally designed nonlinear energy sinks (NESs). The study is based on an NES attached to a two-degree-of-freedom airfoil with nonlinear stiffness in pitch and heave. Depending on the nonlinear properties of the airfoil, it can exhibit super- or subcritical LCOs. The design of the NES is based on a stochastic optimization approach, which accounts for various sources of uncertainties, including initial and loading conditions. The optimization approach is also tailored to handle potential discontinuities in the response of the airfoil. The non-smoothness of the response can be either due to subcritical LCOs or due to the activation of the NES. Several stochastic optimization problems with the objective of maximizing the mean reduction of LCOs are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2134-2144
Number of pages11
JournalAIAA journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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