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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Mathematical modelling of gimballed tilt-rotors for real-time flight simulation
Authors: Abà, Anna
Barra, Federico
Capone, Pierluigi
Guglieri, Giorgio
et. al: No
DOI: 10.3390/aerospace7090124
Published in: Aerospace
Volume(Issue): 7
Issue: 9
Pages: 124
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2020
Publisher / Ed. Institution: MDPI
ISSN: 2226-4310
Language: English
Subjects: Tilt-rotor; Real-time flight simulation; Rotor dynamics; Mathematical modelling; Aerodynamics; VTOL; Air taxi
Subject (DDC): 620: Engineering
Abstract: This paper introduces a novel gimballed rotor mathematical model for real-time flight simulation of tilt-rotor aircraft and other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concepts, which improves the previous version of a multi-purpose rotor mathematical model developed by ZHAW and Politecnico di Torino as part of a comprehensive flight simulation model of a tilt-rotor aircraft currently implemented in the Research and Didactics Simulator of ZHAW and used for research activities such as handling qualities studies and flight control systems development. In the novel model, a new formulation of the flapping dynamics is indroduced to account for the gimballed rotor and better suit current tilt-rotor designs (XV-15, V-22, AW-609). This paper describes the mathematical model and provides a generic formulation as well as a specific one for 3-blades proprotors. The method expresses the gimbal attitude but also considers the variation of each blade’s flapping due to the elasticity of the blades, so that the rotor coning angle can be represented. A validation of the mathematical model is performed against the available literature on the XV-15 Tilt-rotor aircraft and a comparison between the previous model is provided to show the improvements achieved. The results show a good correlation between the model and the reference data and the registered performance allow real-time flight simulation with pilot and hardware in the loop.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Centre for Aviation (ZAV)
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