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Simultaneous swept anhedral helicopter blade tip shape and control-system design

Firat Sal (Department of Aircraft Airframe and Powerplant, Iskenderun Technical University, Iskenderun, Turkey)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 13 June 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to offer a simultaneous design approach for helicopter having swept anhedral blade tip shape and helicopter flight control system (HFCS) to minimize controller cost.

Design/methodology/approach

By considering previously stated offer, control-oriented models and a stochastic optimization method are applied to minimize controller cost of the HFCS.

Findings

Using simultaneous design approach for helicopters having blade tip swept and blade tip anhedral causes considerably less control effort than the helicopters not benefiting this related design approach.

Practical implications

Simultaneous design approach for helicopters having blade tip swept and blade tip anhedral is applicable to consider fuel economy.

Originality/value

One important novelty of this paper is using simultaneous approach for determining optimum shape of blade tip swept and anhedral. Another considerable novelty of this paper is also using a stochastic optimization method called simultaneous perturbation stochastic approximation for previously mentioned purpose. In this paper, it is also reached that using simultaneous design approach for swept anhedral helicopter blade tip shape and HFCS causes less control effort than the helicopters not using this approach. This leads to less fuel consumption and green environment.

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Citation

Sal, F. (2023), "Simultaneous swept anhedral helicopter blade tip shape and control-system design", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 95 No. 1, pp. 101-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEAT-02-2022-0050

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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