Gyroplane handling qualities assessment using flight testing and simulation techniques

Bagiev, Marat (2005) Gyroplane handling qualities assessment using flight testing and simulation techniques. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Handling qualities are without doubt one of the primary objectives of the design of modem rotary-wing aircraft, where improved handling qualities increase mission effectiveness and flight safety, and reduce pilot workload. This dissertation provides results of an assessment of gyroplane handling qualities using flight testing and simulation techniques. Since at the time of writing, there are no direct handling qualities requirements and criteria developed for light gyroplanes anywhere in the world, objective handling qualities of the G-UNIV research gyroplane are estimated using criteria from numerous fixed and rotary wing aircraft specifications. To obtain subjective handling qualities gyroplane test manoeuvres must be designed. In this thesis inverse simulation is proposed as a preliminary tool in designing gyroplane manoeuvres. A high fidelity, individual blade/blade element coupled rotor-fuselage mathematical model of a gyroplane, GSIM is developed and successfully coupled with a generic inverse simulation algorithm GENISA to form an inverse simulation package GENISA/GSIM. Two gyroplane manoeuvres, slalom and acceleration-deceleration, are designed based on those from the Aeronautical Design Standard ADS-33E-PRF. A flight test programme for the G-UNIV research gyroplane is conducted to demonstrate the use of the designed gyroplane manoeuvres and obtain subjective handling qualities. Preliminary recommendations are proposed regarding suitability of handling qualities criteria of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. In addition, this dissertation proposes two handling qualities criteria for a light gyroplane, roll quickness and pilot attack criteria for the slalom manoeuvre.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Supervisor's Name: Thomson, Dr. Douglas and Houston, Dr. Stewart
Date of Award: 2005
Depositing User: Mrs Marie Cairney
Unique ID: glathesis:2005-30918
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 14:40
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 14:41

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