Multidisciplinary optimization of helicopter rotor blades including design variable sensitivity

Thomas R. McCarthy, Aditi Chattopadhyay

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Abstract

The paper addresses a fully integrated optimization procedure, for helicopter rotor blades, with the coupling of blade dynamics, aerodynamics, aeroelasticity and structures. The goal is to reduce vibratory shear forces at the blade root with constraints imposed on critical dynamic, aerodynamic, aeroelastic and structural design requirements. The blade is modeled with a composite box beam as the principal load carrying member. Nonlinear chord and twist variations are assumed. A wide range of both structural and aerodynamic design variables are used along with several subsets to determine the sensitivity of the design variables on the optimum design. The optimization problem is formulated with two objective functions and the Kreisselmeier-Steinhauser function approach for multiple design objectives is used. A nonlinear programming technique and an approximate analysis procedure are used for optimization. The procedure yields substantial reductions in the vibratory root forces and moments along with significant improvements in the remaining design requirements. Results are presented for several different cases of design variable vectors and are compared with a baseline, or reference blade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication4th Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, 1992
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
StatePublished - 1992
Event4th Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, 1992 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Sep 21 1992Sep 23 1992

Other

Other4th Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, 1992
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period9/21/929/23/92

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

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    McCarthy, T. R., & Chattopadhyay, A. (1992). Multidisciplinary optimization of helicopter rotor blades including design variable sensitivity. In 4th Symposium on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, 1992 [AIAA 92-4783] American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.