RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS

Future requirements for helicopters will place still greater emphasis on those features of the helicopter which make for simple, low cost, and effective operation. Some research necessary to meet these needs is described in the current paper. The requirements for low cost operation are reviewed. This implies a considerable improvemnnt in fatigue life, time between overhauls, and in general maintainability of the aircraft. This can be achieved by the intelligent use of new materials and a move towards on-condition maintenance of major components. Many of the operational targets for future helicopters can be set by engineering application of principles which are substantially understood at the present time. Two important exceptions to this are noise and icing. Basic features of external and internal noise are reviewed and recommendations for future work put forward. Icing research is reviewed in the light of recent British activity.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • AGARD Conference Proceeding No. 233: Rotorcraft Design; Paper presented at Flight Mech Panel Symposium, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, California, May 16-19, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Advisory Group Aerospace Research and Development

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  • Authors:
    • Lowson, M V
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 13 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180427
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AGARD Paper 21 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM