Cory Pike


There are several advantages to the incorporation of an adaptable wing on an aircraft. Among these are increased fuel efficiency, greater maneuverability, and an improved ability to negotiate adverse conditions. This thesis explores the concept of a mechanically supported adaptable wing, where the supports are in the form of virtual spars running lengthwise along a wing of uniform cross-section. With no cross-sectional support to the wing, the skin spanning the area between the virtual spars experiences a certain amount of deflection due to the various aerodynamic forces acting on the wing. This thesis develops a process for optimizing (minimizing) the number of virtual spars required to support the wing while maintaining the original airfoil shape within a specified deflection tolerance.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Airplanes--Wings--Design and construction; Stability of airplanes; Airplanes--Design and construction; Aeronautics

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Mechanical Engineering (KGCOE)


Kempski, Mark

Advisor/Committee Member

Venkataraman, P.

Advisor/Committee Member

Ghoneim, Hany


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