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From Britt et al.Would not that be active flutter mitigation?
The Twist Adaptive Wing System (TAWS) and Continuous Aerodynamic Control Surface concepts strive for aerodynamic
controls which are seamless for both improved aerodynamic performance and survivability. TAWS is geared towards
medium to high aspect ratio wings. It incorporates an internal mechanism to twist the wing to provide incremental lift for
maneuvering, load alleviation and performance optimization. The TAWS concept has also showed significant
potential in reduced manufacturing costs by reduced part count and sealing the structure from environmental damage.
Continuous aerodynamic control surfaces technologies can be generally describes as advanced seals
which maintain structural continuity for relatively conventional aerodynamic control mechanisms.
Concepts in this class will be of continued interest for military bombers and transports due to multiple benefits
provided, particularly survivability. In fact, deformable surfaces were considered in the early B-2 design stages,
but were abandoned due to lack of technical readiness and inadequate control authority at low speed.
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