Coupled fluidic vibration isolators for rotorcraft pitch link loads reduction

Nicolas A. Kurczewski, Lloyd H. Scarborough, Christopher D. Rahn, Edward Smith

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Abstract

Replacing rigid pitch links on rotorcraft with coupled fluidic devices has the potential to reduce the aerodynamic blade loads transmitted from the blade root to the swashplate. An analytical model of two coupled fluidic isolators is derived and experimentally validated for even and odd harmonic pitch link loads. The system consists of two elastomeric pumpers with fluid chambers that are coupled by an inertia track. This passive fluidic device can be tuned to reduce the transmitted force at a particular odd harmonic of the rotor speed by tailoring the fluid inertance in the inertia track. Benchtop experimental results agree with theory, demonstrating a reduction in odd harmonic pitch link loads of up to 90% compared to the system without fluid. The coupled fluidic isolators also significantly reduce transmitted loads relative to a rigid pitch link over a wide frequency range. Simulation of a UH-60 Blackhawk retrofit example shows potential for targeted odd harmonic excitation loads reduction up to 94% for multiple frequencies without affecting the even harmonic excitation response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012
Pages281-289
Number of pages9
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2012Aug 12 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
NumberPARTS A AND B
Volume1

Other

OtherASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period8/12/128/12/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Kurczewski, N. A., Scarborough, L. H., Rahn, C. D., & Smith, E. (2012). Coupled fluidic vibration isolators for rotorcraft pitch link loads reduction. In ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2012 (PARTS A AND B ed., pp. 281-289). (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 1, No. PARTS A AND B). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2012-70174