The use of augmented rotor inflow to predict rotorcraft responses in hover and low-speed manoeuvres

Agarwal, Dheeraj ORCID: 0000-0001-5340-5851, Lu, Linghai, Padfield, Gareth D, White, Mark D ORCID: 0000-0002-8611-9525 and Cameron, Neil
(2022) The use of augmented rotor inflow to predict rotorcraft responses in hover and low-speed manoeuvres. AERONAUTICAL JOURNAL, 126 (1301). pp. 1168-1186.

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>The rotorcraft is a complex dynamical system that demands specialist modelling skills, and a high level of understanding of the aeromechanics arising from the main rotor wake and aerodynamic couplings. One such example is the difficulty predicting off-axis responses, particularly in hover and low-speed flight, associated with induced velocity variation through the rotor disk resulting from the rotor wake distortions. Various approaches have been developed to deal with this phenomenon but usually demand prerequisites of high levels of expertise and profound aerodynamic knowledge. This paper presents a new and practical approach to capturing this wake distortion through an augmented rotor inflow model. The proposed model is coupled with a nonlinear simulation using the FLIGHTLAB environment, and comparisons are made between the simulation results and flight test data from the National Research Council of Canada’s Advanced System Research Aircraft in hover and low speed. Results show good predictability of the proposed nonlinear model structure, demonstrated by its capability to closely match the time responses to multi-step control inputs from flight test. The results reported are part of ongoing research at Liverpool and Cranfield University into rotorcraft simulation fidelity.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rotorcraft, Simulation, Augmented inflow, FLIGHTLAB
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 11:15
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:11
DOI: 10.1017/aer.2021.123
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