Papers Published

  1. P. J. Attar and E. H. Dowell and J. R. White and J. P. Thomas, Reduced order nonlinear system identification methodology, Aiaa Journal, vol. 44 no. 8 (August, 2006), pp. 1895 -- 1904 .
    (last updated on 2009/08/04)

    Abstract:
    A new method is presented which enables the identification of a reduced order nonlinear ordinary differential equation (ODE) which can be used to model the behavior of nonlinear fluid dynamics. The method uses a harmonic balance technique and proper orthogonal decomposition to compute reduced order training data which is then used to compute the unknown coefficients of the nonlinear ODE. The method is used to compute the Euler compressible flow solutions for the supercritical two-dimensional NLR-7301 airfoil undergoing both small and large pitch oscillations at three different reduced frequencies and at a Mach number of 0.764. Steady and dynamic lift coefficient data computed using a three equation reduced order system identification model compared well with data computed using the full CFD harmonic balance solution. The system identification model accurately predicted a nonlinear trend in the lift coefficient results (steady and dynamic) for pitch oscillation magnitudes greater than 1 deg. Overall the reduction in the number of nonlinear differential equations was 5 orders of magnitude which corresponded to a 3 order of magnitude reduction in the total computational time.