Arras, M., Coppotelli, G., Marzocca, P., and Mezzapesa, A., "Updating of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Finite Element Model using Experimental Data," SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-2460, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-2460.
In this paper the finite element model of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is updated by using experimental data coming from a standard ground vibration test in order to improve the numerical-experimental correlation. A sensitivity-based updating methodology that iteratively minimizes a residual vector, defined on the modal parameters (e.g. natural frequencies and mode shapes), is considered to identify the unknown values of the updating parameters. The structure under investigation is the Clarkson University Golden Eagle UAV. An initial numerical model of the structure is obtained by assembling the individual components previously updated which included wings, fuselage, horizontal tail, vertical tails and tail booms. As a result the identification procedure shifts its focus on the joints between UAV elements which could not be modeled accurately in earlier investigations.