Accession Number : ADA326337

Title :   Augmentation of Research at the Center of Excellence in Rotorcraft Technology (CERT).

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Schrage, Daniel P. ; Sankar, L. N. ; Komerath, N. ; Peters, D. A. ; Hodges, D. H.

PDF Url : ADA326337

Report Date : 31 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 238

Abstract : Rotorcraft technology is one of the most challenging, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary problems in engineering. For its sustained advancement requires a critical mass of researchers conducting interdisciplinary research in the four critical rotorcraft disciplines: aerodynamics, rotor dynamics & aeroelasticity, structures & materials, and flight mechanics & controls. To support and sustain this research requires a combination of analysis capabilities and experimental facilities, including the necessary research instrumentation. The Georgia Tech CERT has accumulated this critical mass of researchers and developed the necessary facilities with previous Army and Georgia Tech investments. The unique capabilities of rotorcraft (vertical flight & lifting capability, ability to operate from unprepared surfaces, low speed agility & maneuverability, etc.) make them essential weapon & support systems for the U.S. Army and other military services in the foreseeable future. Therefore, the problem studied is to sustain the advancement of rotorcraft technology by conducting leading edge research using sufficient research instrumentation for the direct benefit of future rotorcraft, as well as technology upgrades for existing rotorcraft.

Descriptors :   *AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING, *ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, HELICOPTER ROTORS, AEROELASTICITY, STRUCTURAL RESPONSE, FLIGHT ENVELOPE, FLIGHT MANEUVERS, AERODYNAMIC LIFT.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Helicopters
      Aerodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE