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Parameter Identification Applied to Analytic Hingeless Rotor Modeling

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It is known that dynamic rotor inflow has a substantial effect on rotor dynamic loads. Despite the complexity of the unsteady flow problem, simple analytical models can be made useful by identifying their parameters from transient response tests without performing flow measurements. Two analytical inflow models are studied: the first is based on an equivalent blade Lock number, the second is based on a time delayed unsteady momentum inflow. In preparation for the experimental data analysis, identifications from simulated test data and an eigenvalue analysis are performed. The experimental results show that the first analytical inflow model is accurate for rotor advance ratios of 0.4 and above. For lower advance ratios, the second inflow model provides better accuracy. Prediction studies wilh experimental data not used far the identification are performed to determine the accuracy of the mathematical models.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Hughes Helicopters, Culver City, California

Publication date: 01 January 1979

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