Handling qualities evaluation of an adaptive disturbance compensation system for ship-based rotorcraft

Jared Cooper, John Schierman, Joseph F. Horn, Thanan Yomchinda, Eric P. O'Neill

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Abstract

Ship-based rotorcraft are often required to operate in turbulent, unsteady flow fields. The interaction of the rotor and rotor wake with the turbulent airwake can cause uncommanded aircraft motion and high pilot workload. This paper presents a simulation-based handling qualities assessment of a robust adaptive gust compensating control law for rotorcraft. The control law is designed to improve command tracking and disturbance rejection when operating in an airwake. Details of the simulation implementation and experimental setup are presented. Piloted simulation-based evaluations are performed by three active duty pilots. Handling quality ratings and pilot activity were analyzed. Results indicate the controller's ability to significantly reduce pilot input activity and improve handling qualities ratings by two points on average.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication67th American Helicopter Society International Annual Forum 2011
Pages2031-2043
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 28 2011
Event67th American Helicopter Society International Annual Forum 2011 - Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Duration: May 3 2011May 5 2011

Publication series

NameAnnual Forum Proceedings - AHS International
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1552-2938

Other

Other67th American Helicopter Society International Annual Forum 2011
CountryUnited States
CityVirginia Beach, VA
Period5/3/115/5/11

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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Cooper, J., Schierman, J., Horn, J. F., Yomchinda, T., & O'Neill, E. P. (2011). Handling qualities evaluation of an adaptive disturbance compensation system for ship-based rotorcraft. In 67th American Helicopter Society International Annual Forum 2011 (pp. 2031-2043). (Annual Forum Proceedings - AHS International; Vol. 3).