“Designs with wings made of composite materials or wings that morph during flight could increase efficiency up to 10%.”
Joaquim Martins, UM aerospace engineer who leads the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory, presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Forum in January 2017. Martins and collaborators Timothy Brooks (UM) and Graeme Kennedy (Georgia Tech) described efforts to optimize the design of wings built with new composite materials and emerging construction methods. The University of Michigan researchers use the Stampede supercomputer to design jets with morphing wings, or made from composite materials, to burn less fuel.
Article by Elizabeth Engler Modic, Published in Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. Read it here.