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Structural modification of a helicopter tailcone

Structural modification of a helicopter tailcone
Structural modification of a helicopter tailcone
The structural modification of a Lynx Mark 7 helicopter tailcone is considered. The problem is especially demanding because of the almost symmetric structure of the tailcone, which in its initial configuration (prior to modification) results in a number of very weakly excited responses to certain excitations, so the corresponding terms in the full 6×6 receptance matrix are very difficult to obtain. The modification, in the form of a large overhanging mass, has the effect of coupling the initial-system responses and the weakly excited ones become important in determining the modified-system receptances using the structural-modification theory. The results are interpreted with the aid of a finite-element model. Very good estimates of the rotational receptances are obtained, the only significant difference from finite-element results being that the model is stiffer than the physical structure. Noise on the weakly exited responses is amplified in the estimated modified-system responses and it is demonstrated, using the finite-element model, that the use of a single X-block measurement to connect the modification to the tailcone is insufficient at frequencies higher than the first double peak of the modified-system receptances. It is considered that the exercise provides a demanding test of structural modification theory resulting in a very useful practical assessment of the limitations of the method.
0022-460X
366-384
Mottershead, John E.
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Ghandchi Tehrani, Maryam
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Stancioiu, Danut
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James, Simon
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Shaverdi, Hossein
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Mottershead, John E.
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Ghandchi Tehrani, Maryam
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Stancioiu, Danut
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James, Simon
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Shaverdi, Hossein
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Mottershead, John E., Ghandchi Tehrani, Maryam, Stancioiu, Danut, James, Simon and Shaverdi, Hossein (2006) Structural modification of a helicopter tailcone. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 298 (1-2), 366-384. (doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2006.05.026).

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Abstract

The structural modification of a Lynx Mark 7 helicopter tailcone is considered. The problem is especially demanding because of the almost symmetric structure of the tailcone, which in its initial configuration (prior to modification) results in a number of very weakly excited responses to certain excitations, so the corresponding terms in the full 6×6 receptance matrix are very difficult to obtain. The modification, in the form of a large overhanging mass, has the effect of coupling the initial-system responses and the weakly excited ones become important in determining the modified-system receptances using the structural-modification theory. The results are interpreted with the aid of a finite-element model. Very good estimates of the rotational receptances are obtained, the only significant difference from finite-element results being that the model is stiffer than the physical structure. Noise on the weakly exited responses is amplified in the estimated modified-system responses and it is demonstrated, using the finite-element model, that the use of a single X-block measurement to connect the modification to the tailcone is insufficient at frequencies higher than the first double peak of the modified-system receptances. It is considered that the exercise provides a demanding test of structural modification theory resulting in a very useful practical assessment of the limitations of the method.

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Published date: November 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 188547
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/188547
ISSN: 0022-460X
PURE UUID: 9496c503-915b-432b-856a-850edc314043

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Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 23:32

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