Asymptotic representations for root vectors of nonselfadjoint operators and pencils generated by an aircraft wing model in subsonic air flow. (English) Zbl 1068.76045

Summary: This paper is the second in a series of several works devoted to the asymptotic and spectral analysis of an aircraft wing in a subsonic air flow [see also IMA J. Appl. Math. 66, No. 4, 319–356 (2001; Zbl 1053.76034)]. This model has been developed in the Flight Systems Research Center of UCLA and is presented in the works by A. V. Balakrishnan. The model is governed by a system of two coupled integro-differential equations and a two-parameter family of boundary conditions modeling the action of the self-straining actuators. The differential parts of the above equations form a coupled linear hyperbolic system; the integral parts are of the convolution type. The system of equations of motion is equivalent to a single operator evolution-convolution equation in the energy space. The Laplace transform of the solution of this equation can be represented in terms of the so-called generalized resolvent operator, which is an operator-valued function of the spectral parameter. This generalized resolvent operator is a finite-meromorphic function on the complex plane having the branch cut along the negative real semi-axis. Its poles are precisely the aeroelastic modes and the residues at these poles are the projectors on the generalized eigenspaces. In the first paper and in the present one, our main object of interest is the dynamics generator of the differential parts of the system. It is a nonselfadjoint operator in the energy space with a purely discrete spectrum. In the first paper, we have shown that the spectrum consists of two branches and have derived their precise spectral asymptotics. In the present paper, we derive the asymptotical approximations for the mode shapes. Based on the asymptotical results of these first two papers, in the next paper, we will discuss the geometric properties of the mode shapes such as minimality, completeness, and the Riesz basis property in the energy space.


76G25 General aerodynamics and subsonic flows
47N20 Applications of operator theory to differential and integral equations
35P20 Asymptotic distributions of eigenvalues in context of PDEs


Zbl 1053.76034
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