In-flight tracking of helicopter rotor blades using shape memory alloy actuators

@article{Epps2001InflightTO,
  title={In-flight tracking of helicopter rotor blades using shape memory alloy actuators},
  author={Jeanette J Epps and Inderjit Chopra},
  journal={Smart Materials and Structures},
  year={2001},
  volume={10},
  pages={104 - 111}
}
This paper describes the concept, design, fabrication and control of a shape memory alloy (SMA) wire actuator for tracking helicopter rotor blades while in-flight. A NACA 0012 wing section that has a 12 in chord and span was constructed with a trailing-edge tab with a 4 in span and a 2.4 in chord. A shape memory alloy wire actuator was embedded into the wing section. The actuator consists of a wire clamp, a hinge tube and several pre-strained, 0.015 in diameter SMA (Nitinol) wires. It was shown… 

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