Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Maria Deliyianni
Advisor: Dr. Justin Webster
Flutter is defined as a self-excitation of a thin structure where a surrounding flow destabilizes its natural elastic modes. Cantilevers are particularly prone to flutter, and it has been shown that this instability can induce large displacements from which mechanical energy can be captured via piezoelectric laminates. To effectively harvest energy in this manner, one must have viable models that describe the behavior of the cantilever's large deflections after the onset of flutter.