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A Forward Approach for Helicopter Track and Balance

[+] Author Affiliations
Shengda Wang, Kourosh Danai

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Paper No. IMECE2002-33453, pp. 255-262; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3629-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


A method of helicopter track and balance is introduced that uses a forward-model to search for the appropriate blade modifications. This method uses an interval model to represent the ranges of effects of blade modifications on helicopter vibration, instead of exact values, in order to cope with the stochastic nature of aircraft vibration. The coefficients of the interval model are initially defined according to sensitivity coefficients between the blade modifications and helicopter vibration, but they are subsequently updated after each tuning iteration to improve the model’s estimation accuracy. The effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated through a simulation model that represents experimental vibration measurements of Black Hawk helicopters.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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