Feasibility Study of a Rotorcraft Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS): Usage and Structural Life Monitoring Evaluation. Phase 2.
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BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC FORT WORTH TX
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The objective of this study was to evaluate two techniques, Flight Condition Recognition FCR and Flight Load Synthesis FIS, for usage monitoring and assess the potential benefits of extending the retirement intervals of life-limited components, thus reducing the operators maintenance and replacement costs. Both techniques involve indirect determination of loads using measured flight parameters and subsequent fatigue analysis to calculate the life expended on the life-limited components. To assess the potential benefit of usage monitoring, the two usage techniques were compared to current methods of component retirement. In addition, comparisons were made with direct load measurements to assess the accuracy of the two techniques.