Whirl Flutter of Turboprop Aircraft Structures

Whirl Flutter of Turboprop Aircraft Structures

1st Edition - January 27, 2015

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  • Author: Jiri Cecrdle
  • eBook ISBN: 9781782421863
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781782421856

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Whirl flutter is the aeroelastic phenomenon caused by the coupling of aircraft propeller aerodynamic forces and the gyroscopic forces of the rotating masses (propeller, gas turbine engine rotor). It may occur on the turboprop, tilt-prop-rotor or rotorcraft aircraft structures. Whirl Flutter of Turboprop Aircraft Structures explores the whirl flutter phenomenon, including theoretical and practical as well as analytical and experimental aspects of the matter. The first introductory part gives a general overview regarding aeroelasticity, followed by the physical principle and the occurrence of whirl flutter in aerospace practice. The next section deals with experiment research including earlier activities performed, particularly from the sixties, as well as recent developments. Subsequent chapters discuss analytical methods such as basic and advanced linear models, and non-linear and CFD based methods. Remaining chapters summarize certification issues including regulation requirements, a description of possible certification approaches and several examples of aircraft certification from the aerospace practice. Finally, a database of relevant books and reports is provided.

Key Features

  • Provides complex information of turboprop aircraft whirl flutter phenomenon
  • Presents both theoretical and practical (certification related) issues
  • Presents experimental research as well as analytical models (basic and advanced) of matter
  • Includes both early-performed works and recent developments
  • Contains a listing of relevant books and reports


Aeroelasticity specialists from aerospace industry, research establishments or universities with interests around turboprop aircraft aeroelasticity and the whirl flutter phenomenon as well as students studying aeroelasticity.

Table of Contents

  • 1: Introduction to aircraft aeroelasticity and whirl flutter

    • Abstract
    • 1.1 Scope of aeroelasticity
    • 1.2 Static aeroelastic phenomena
    • 1.3 Dynamic aeroelastic phenomena

    2: Theoretical background of whirl flutter phenomenon

    • Abstract
    • 2.1 Physical principle
    • 2.2 Propeller whirl flutter
    • 2.3 Tilt-rotor whirl flutter

    3: Whirl flutter occurrence in aerospace practice

    • Abstract
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Lockheed L-188C Electra II
    • 3.3 Beechcraft 1900C
    • 3.4 Other aircraft

    4: Experimental research on whirl flutter

    • Abstract
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Early tests (1930s)
    • 4.3 Main developments (1960s)
    • 4.4 Recent activities
    • 4.5 W-WING whirl flutter demonstrator

    5: Analytical methods for whirl flutter investigation

    • Abstract
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Fundamental solution
    • 5.3 Influences of major parameters
    • 5.4 Propeller aerodynamic forces by Strip Theory
    • 5.5 Lift lag effect
    • 5.6 Blade lift curve slope and mach number effects
    • 5.7 Correction to number of propeller blades
    • 5.8 Influence of wing flexibility
    • 5.9 Influence of hinged blade flexibility
    • 5.10 Influence of gimballed propeller flexibility
    • 5.11 Influence of twisted blade flexibility
    • 5.12 Propeller aerodynamic forces by lifting surface theory
    • 5.13 Model of coupled bending blades
    • 5.14 Complex models for tilt-rotor applications

    6: Application to the aircraft certification process

    • Abstract
    • 6.1 Requirements of the airworthiness regulations
    • 6.2 Analytical approaches

    7: Certification examples from aerospace practice

    • Abstract
    • 7.1 Single nose-mounted engine utility aircraft
    • 7.2 Twin wing-mounted engine utility aircraft
    • 7.3 Twin wing-mounted engine commuter aircraft with tip-tanks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 354
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2015
  • Published: January 27, 2015
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781782421863
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781782421856

About the Author

Jiri Cecrdle

Jiri Cecrdle started his professional carrier in 1995 at the Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU) in Prague, Czech Republic. He has been the head of the Workgroup of Aeroelasticity there since 2004. His spheres of scientific interest include analytical and experimental dynamics and the aeroelasticity of aircraft structures as well as aeroelastic optimisation and model updating. He participated in several projects of Czech aircraft development and certification and he also works as a Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE). He was involved in several Czech and European research projects dealing with the topics of aeroelastic flutter, aeroelastic response analysis, development of a nonlinear aeroelastic wind tunnel demonstrator, aeroelastic experiments for active aeroelastic demonstrators, analytical methods for general aviation aircraft certification, aeroelastic sensitivity analysis, and dynamic model updating and optimisation methods. He also works as a research project evaluator. He has been interested in the topic of whirl flutter since 1999. His experience includes aircraft certification issues, the development of analytical tools and methods and the development of the whirl flutter aeroelastic wind tunnel demonstrator. He is the author or co-author of approximately 100 conference papers, articles in technical and scientific journals and chapters in technical books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ph.D. Mechanics of Stiff and Deformable Bodies, Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU), Czech Republic

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