- Dowell, E. H., THEORETICAL VIBRATION AND FLUTTER STUDIES OF POINT SUPPORTED PANELS.,
Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, vol. 10 no. 6
pp. 389 - 395 .
(last updated on 2007/04/10)
Theoretical structural models are developed for point supported panels typical of proposed space shuttle construction which are suitable for vibration and flutter analyses. Representative results for panel natural frequencies and flutter boundaries are presented. These are obtained using quasi-steady aerodynamics which ignore the aerodynamic boundary layer. It is shown for a proposed space shuttle design that the supports must be modeled as points rather than as continuous supports in order to obtain accurate results and that simply increasing the number of supports may not be beneficial as far as flutter is concerned.