Investigation of a Compound Helicopter Flying the Depart and Abort Mission Task Element

Ferguson, K., Thomson, D. and Anderson, D. (2017) Investigation of a Compound Helicopter Flying the Depart and Abort Mission Task Element. AHS Rotorcraft Handling Qualities Conference, Huntsville, AL, USA, 22-23 Feb 2017.

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Abstract

The next generation of rotorcraft will have to satisfy the appropriate handling qualities requirements before entering service. Many of these vehicles will operate at significantly greater speeds than the conventional helicopter and will therefore have different capabilities than current helicopters. Due to the different capabilities of the compound helicopter, it is possible that new Mission Task Elements (MTEs) need to be developed to assess the handling qualities of this type of helicopter. It is also possible that existing MTEs may be suitable without modification. Overall, it seems necessary to review the US Army’s current handling qualities specification, ADS-33, and determine the suitability of the current MTEs for compound vehicles. The broad aim of the paper is to assess the performance of compound helicopter during manoeuvring flight. More specifically, a simulation study of a compound helicopter flying the Depart and Abort ADS-33 Mission Task Element. There are two objectives: firstly the capabilities of the compound vehicle is compared with those of a conventional helicopter, and secondly, the suitability of the current Depart and Abort MTE, for compound vehicles, is assessed. The results of the research study highlight the capability of compound helicopters in low speed acceleration manoeuvres. These results can be used to redefine low speed acceleration manoeuvres in the new update to the ADS-33 specification. The results also indicate some information about the potential design issues with the compound helicopter.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ferguson, Dr Kevin and Thomson, Dr Douglas and Anderson, Dr David
Authors: Ferguson, K., Thomson, D., and Anderson, D.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 American Helicopter Association
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.

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