Accession Number : ADA309646

Title :   Feasibility Study of a Rotorcraft Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS): Results of Operator's Evaluation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : PETROLEUM HELICOPTERS INC LAFAYETTE LA

Personal Author(s) : Romero, Raylund ; Summers, Harold ; Cronkhite, James

PDF Url : ADA309646

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a state of the art health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) to provide monitoring of critical mechanical systems on the helicopter, including motors, drive train, engines and life-limited components. The implementation of HUMS and cost integration with current maintenance procedures was assessed from the operator's viewpoint in order to achieve expected benefits from these systems, such as enhanced safety, reduced maintenance cost and increased availability. An operational HUMS was used as a basis for this study that was installed and operated under an independent flight trial program. The HUMS equipment and software were commercially available. Based on the results of the feasibility study, the HUMS used in the flight trial program generally demonstrated a high level of reliability in monitoring the rotor system, engines, drive train and life-limited components. The system acted as a sentinel to warn of impending failures. A worn tail rotor pitch bearing was detected by HUMS, which had the capability for self testing to diagnose system and sensor faults. Examples of potential payback to the operator with HUMS were identified, including reduced insurance cost through enhanced safety, lower operating costs derived from maintenance credits, increased aircraft availability and improved operating efficiency. The interfacing of HUMS with current operational procedures, was assessed to require only minimal revisions to the operator's maintenance manuals. Finally the success in realizing the potential benefits from HUMS technology was found to depend on the operator, helicopter manufacturer, regulator (FAA), and HUMS supplier working together.

Descriptors :   *MONITORING, *FEASIBILITY STUDIES, *HELICOPTERS, *MECHANICAL COMPONENTS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, FLIGHT TESTING, DETECTORS, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, HEALTH, DEFORMATION, TEST METHODS, REDUCTION, COSTS, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, INTEGRATION, SELF OPERATION, INSURANCE, ROTORS, BENEFITS, FAULTS.

Subject Categories : Helicopters

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE