META: Active Rotor Control using a Multiple Swashplate System

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    Multiple Swashplate System (META)

    he Multiple Swashplate System (META) represents a unique, DLR-patented solution for active rotor control. Using this system, individual blade control inputs can be transmitted to the rotor. This way rotor noise, vibrations and other undesirable rotor-induced phenomena can be mitigated and the overall power consumption of the rotor system can be reduced.

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The swashplate is the prevalent system to transmit control inputs from the pilot to the rotating blades of a helicopter. The Multiple Swashplate System (META) represents a unique, DLR-patented solution for active rotor control. Using this system, individual blade control inputs can be transmitted to the rotor. This way rotor noise, vibrations and other undesirable rotor-induced phenomena can be mitigated and the overall power consumption of the rotor system can be reduced. The exhibit is a fully functional META-demonstrator – a downsized model of the system which was developed for wind tunnel experiments and is currently installed on the rotor test rig of DLR-FT in Braunschweig, Germany.

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16/08/2012 15:51:23