Generalized measure of vibration exposure for helicopter pilots

Aykut Tamer, Andrea Zanoni, Alessandro Cocco, Pierangelo Masarati

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Helicopter pilots operate in a vibrating environment and the consequences vary depending on the affected body part. The usual method of evaluating the effects of vibration exposure is to calculate comfort levels as a result of whole body vibration. However, some other body parts are also adversely affected from vibration, such as hands and eyes, which in turn might degrade piloting quality. Therefore, a complete vibration assessment is necessary to reach a better estimation of pilot vibration exposure when comparing different configurations, tracking the changes during design and deciding on a safe flight envelope. This work presents a complete assessment by considering the vibrations on the seat surface, hand-grip of controls and vibration of the eye. As a result, the vibration measure includes comfort, handling and vision in a single formulation. The proposed measure is demonstrated by coupling a high-fidelity biodynamic pilot model to a helicopter aeroservoelastic model in a comprehensive simulation environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication45th European Rotorcraft Forum 2019, ERF 2019
PublisherERF 2019 Organizing Committee
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781713805922
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2019
Event45th European Rotorcraft Forum 2019, ERF 2019 - Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 17 Sept 201920 Sept 2019

Publication series

Name45th European Rotorcraft Forum 2019, ERF 2019


Conference45th European Rotorcraft Forum 2019, ERF 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work received partial support by Leonardo Helicopter Division. The authors acknowledge LHD for providing part of the data used in the analysis

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 45th European Rotorcraft Forum 2019, ERF 2019. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Instrumentation


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