Design of a Vertical Thrust Stand for a Remotely Piloted Model Helicopter.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This paper discusses the necessary functional characteristics for the design of a test stand to measure the vertical thrust of a remotely piloted model helicopter as a functions of power output, in different degrees of ground effect. A number of potential design choices are presented along with possible instrumentation schemes to obtain both the power output and the lifting force generated by the Heli-Star model helicopter equipped with a Gold Cup HP.61 engine. Included are the results of preliminary validation testing of the test stand design chosen and a discussion of the methods used to eliminate or control vibrations which hampered the utility of the test stand. Recommendations for possible future modifications are also included.
- Pilotless Aircraft
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods