To investigate the effect of Higher Harmonic Control (HHC) on a hingeless rotor, a wind‐tunnel demonstration was performed with open‐ as well as closed‐loop tests. Whereas the open‐loop tests aimed at a systematic examination of the rotor dynamics in the
case of HHC inputs, the main aspect of the closed‐loop tests was the behavior of an implemented adaptive controller. A first data evaluation showed that the controller reduced the vibrations considerably at steady‐state as well as at time‐varying flight conditions. Surprisingly,
however, all dynamic rotor forces and moments could be influenced simultaneously by single HHC input signal. Furthermore, a nearly constant phase shift of the rotar transfer function was ascertained within the whole flight envelope. These rotor characteristics are demonstrated by wind tunnel
data and theoretical explanations are provided. Theoretical explanations are supported by simulation results obtained with different aeroelastic rotor and rotor downwash models, showing the influence of various aerodynamic and aeroelastic parameters on the measured rotor characteristics. Finally,
a controller that works with a constant feedback phase shift of the rate transfer function is presented and compared with a fully adaptive one.
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Document Type: Research Article
DLR Institute for Flight Mechanics, Braunschweig, Germany
Publication date: 1992-07-01
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