Lightweight structures with a high stiffness-to-weight ratio always play a significant role in weight reduction in the aerospace sector. The exploration of non-conventional structures for aerospace applications has been a point of interest over the past few decades. The adaptation of lattice structure and additive manufacturing in the design can lead to improvement in mechanical properties and significant weight reduction. The practicality of the non-conventional wing structure with lattices infilled as a replacement for the conventional spar–ribs wing is determined through finite element analysis. The optimal lattice-infilled wing structures are obtained via an automated iterative method using the commercial implicit modeling tool nTop and an ANSYS workbench. Among five different types of optimized lattice-infilled structures, the Kelvin lattice structure is considered the best choice for current applications, with comparatively minimal wing-tip deflection, weight, and stress. Furthermore, the stress distribution dependency on the lattice-unit cell type and arrangement is also established. Conclusively, the lattice-infilled structures have shown an alternative innovative design approach for lightweight wing structures.

Non-Conventional Wing Structure Design with Lattice Infilled through Design for Additive Manufacturing

Khan N.;Acanfora V.;Riccio A.
2024

Abstract

Lightweight structures with a high stiffness-to-weight ratio always play a significant role in weight reduction in the aerospace sector. The exploration of non-conventional structures for aerospace applications has been a point of interest over the past few decades. The adaptation of lattice structure and additive manufacturing in the design can lead to improvement in mechanical properties and significant weight reduction. The practicality of the non-conventional wing structure with lattices infilled as a replacement for the conventional spar–ribs wing is determined through finite element analysis. The optimal lattice-infilled wing structures are obtained via an automated iterative method using the commercial implicit modeling tool nTop and an ANSYS workbench. Among five different types of optimized lattice-infilled structures, the Kelvin lattice structure is considered the best choice for current applications, with comparatively minimal wing-tip deflection, weight, and stress. Furthermore, the stress distribution dependency on the lattice-unit cell type and arrangement is also established. Conclusively, the lattice-infilled structures have shown an alternative innovative design approach for lightweight wing structures.
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