Accession Number : ADA310140

Title :   Feasibility Study of a Rotorcraft Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS): Usage and Structural Life Monitoring Evaluation. Phase 2.

Descriptive Note : Final contractor rept.,

Corporate Author : BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC FORT WORTH TX

Personal Author(s) : Dickson, B. ; Cronkhite, J. ; Bielefeld, S. ; Killian, L. ; Hayden, R.

PDF Url : ADA310140

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : The objective of this study was to evaluate two techniques, Flight Condition Recognition (FCR) and Flight Load Synthesis (FIS), for usage monitoring and assess the potential benefits of extending the retirement intervals of life-limited components, thus reducing the operator's maintenance and replacement costs. Both techniques involve indirect determination of loads using measured flight parameters and subsequent fatigue analysis to calculate the life expended on the life-limited components. To assess the potential benefit of usage monitoring, the two usage techniques were compared to current methods of component retirement. In addition, comparisons were made with direct load measurements to assess the accuracy of the two techniques.

Descriptors :   *AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE, *HELICOPTERS, *FATIGUE(MECHANICS), *ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT, MONITORING, SYNTHESIS, HEALTH, ACCURACY, COSTS, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, RETIREMENT, REPLACEMENT, RECOGNITION, BENEFITS, FLIGHT LOADS, INTERVALS.

Subject Categories : Helicopters
      Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE