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Optimum design of a helicopter rotor for low vibration using aeroelastic analysis and response surface methods

Ganguli, R (2002) Optimum design of a helicopter rotor for low vibration using aeroelastic analysis and response surface methods. In: Journal of Sound and Vibration, 258 (2). pp. 327-344.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/jsvi.2002.5179


An aeroelastic analysis based on finite elements in space and time is used to model the helicopter rotor in forward flight. The rotor blade is represented as an elastic cantilever beam undergoing flap and lag bending, elastic torsion and axial deformations. The objective of the improved design is to reduce vibratory loads at the rotor hub that are the main source of helicopter vibration. Constraints are imposed on aeroelastic stability, and move limits are imposed on the blade elastic stiffness design variables. Using the aeroelastic analysis, response surface approximations are constructed for the objective function (vibratory hub loads). It is found that second order polynomial response surfaces constructed using the central composite design of the theory of design of experiments adequately represents the aeroelastic model in the vicinity of the baseline design. Optimization results show a reduction in the objective function of about 30 per cent. A key accomplishment of this paper is the decoupling of the analysis problem and the optimization problems using response surface methods, which should encourage the use of optimization methods by the helicopter industry. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Sound and Vibration
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 07:10
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2011 07:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39322

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