Flutter Instability of Beams

Flutter instability in airfoil.

Experimental demonstration of dynamic instability in beam with follower forces.

Project description

Follower force appear in numerous real-world application including garden hose and wing airplanes. This project involves design and development of an experimental testbest to illustrate the initiation and visualization of flutter instability in a beam with a follower force. This work requires knowledge of modeling of dynamic systems and data acquisition and control using Arduino hardware.

Project outcome

Tabletop hardware to demonstrate flutter instability for systems with follower forces. This testbed can be used to demonstrate experimentally numerical analysis in courses related to dynamics and control. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About 3-5 months
Start time Spring
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-Person Project
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Research experience
Who is eligible Seniors 

Project mentor

Tarunraj Singh


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1009 Furnas Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1428

Email: tsingh@buffalo.edu

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Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Review current literature on analysis of flutter instability
Work with Ph.D. student on design of experiment for illustration of flutter instability 


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering , stability, dynamics, oscillations