Multidisciplinary Aerodynamic Design of a Rotor Blade for an Optimum Rotor Speed Helicopter
AbstractThe aerodynamic design of rotor blades is challenging, and is crucial for the development of helicopter technology. Previous aerodynamic optimizations that focused only on limited design points find it difficult to balance flight performance across the entire flight envelope. This study develops a global optimum envelope (GOE) method for determining blade parameters—blade twist, taper ratio, tip sweep—for optimum rotor speed helicopters (ORS-helicopters), balancing performance improvements in hover and various freestream velocities. The GOE method implements aerodynamic blade design by a bi-level optimization, composed of a global optimization step and a secondary optimization step. Power loss as a measure of rotor performance is chosen as the objective function, referred to as direct power loss (DPL) in this study. A rotorcraft comprehensive code for trim simulation with a prescribed wake method is developed. With the application of the GOE method, a DPL reduction of as high as 16.7% can be achieved in hover, and 24% at high freestream velocity. View Full-Text
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Xie, J.; Xie, Z.; Zhou, M.; Qiu, J. Multidisciplinary Aerodynamic Design of a Rotor Blade for an Optimum Rotor Speed Helicopter. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 639.
Xie J, Xie Z, Zhou M, Qiu J. Multidisciplinary Aerodynamic Design of a Rotor Blade for an Optimum Rotor Speed Helicopter. Applied Sciences. 2017; 7(6):639.Chicago/Turabian Style
Xie, Jiayi; Xie, Zhifeng; Zhou, Ming; Qiu, Jun. 2017. "Multidisciplinary Aerodynamic Design of a Rotor Blade for an Optimum Rotor Speed Helicopter." Appl. Sci. 7, no. 6: 639.
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