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Experimental Guidelines for NVH Improvements in Helicopter Vibro-Acoustic Comfort

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Emiliano Mucchi

University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Elena Pierro

Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy

Antonio Vecchio

LMS International, Leuven, Belgium

Paper No. DETC2009-87383, pp. 749-756; 8 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 22nd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4898-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The noise of helicopters has started to become an important issue and the next level technical challenge is to include new design parameters such as vibro-acoustic comfort in the design process of a modern rotorcraft. In this scenario a wide experimental campaign has been performed on a EC-135 helicopter cabin in order to assess the effectiveness of several techniques for NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) improvements. Vibro-acoustical modal analyses of the cabin internal and external surface as well as a pure acoustical modal analysis of the cabin enclosure have been performed in order to verify the vibro-acoustical coupling between the cabin cavity and the cabin mechanical structure. Secondly a detailed leakage point detection on the cabin walls has been carried out by a few techniques finding out possible noise sources. Through such experimental analyses, some guidelines are suggested as well as particular techniques/instrumentations in order to improve human comfort on the helicopter cabin.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Acoustics



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