The “Electro-mechanical Landing gear system Integration for Small Aircraft” (E-LISA) research project has the objective of developing an innovative “iron bird”, a testing facility dedicated to executing tests on an innovative landing gear of a small aircraft. This document presents the structural analyses of this complex testing machine performed with the Finite Element Method (FEM). Key purposes of these numerical simulations were the quantifications of the stress and displacement fields under the loading conditions foreseen for the machine. A modal analysis was performed with the aim of calculating eigenvalues and eigenvectors useful to provide an assessment of the structural dynamic response. The most critical mode shapes and the related frequencies were calculated, and the potentially critical rotational speeds were quantified. Finally, the Peak Stress Method (PSM) was adopted to quantify the fatigue resistance of the most critical weldments and an infinite fatigue life was assessed for the most critical one. The design of the machine, which is currently under manufacturing, was validated by the structural analyses presented here.

Structural FEM Analyses of a Landing Gear Testing Machine

Giannella, Venanzio
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Baglivo, Giovanni;Sepe, Raffaele;Citarella, Roberto
2022

Abstract

The “Electro-mechanical Landing gear system Integration for Small Aircraft” (E-LISA) research project has the objective of developing an innovative “iron bird”, a testing facility dedicated to executing tests on an innovative landing gear of a small aircraft. This document presents the structural analyses of this complex testing machine performed with the Finite Element Method (FEM). Key purposes of these numerical simulations were the quantifications of the stress and displacement fields under the loading conditions foreseen for the machine. A modal analysis was performed with the aim of calculating eigenvalues and eigenvectors useful to provide an assessment of the structural dynamic response. The most critical mode shapes and the related frequencies were calculated, and the potentially critical rotational speeds were quantified. Finally, the Peak Stress Method (PSM) was adopted to quantify the fatigue resistance of the most critical weldments and an infinite fatigue life was assessed for the most critical one. The design of the machine, which is currently under manufacturing, was validated by the structural analyses presented here.
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