CEAS Aeronautical Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 29–39 | Cite as

Rotorcraft aeroelastic stability using robust analysis

  • Giuseppe Quaranta
  • Aykut Tamer
  • Vincenzo Muscarello
  • Pierangelo Masarati
  • Massimo Gennaretti
  • Jacopo Serafini
  • Marco Molica Colella
Original Paper


This paper discusses the impact of different models of aerodynamic loads on rotorcraft-pilot couplings stability using a robust stability analysis approach. The aeroelasticity of the main rotor of a helicopter is formulated using aerodynamic models based on the blade element/momentum theory and boundary element method coupled to a finite element model of the blade. The resulting linearized models are used to determine stability limits according to the generalized Nyquist criterion, associated with the accelerations of the pilot’s seat caused by the involuntary action of the pilot on the control inceptors. The resulting stability curves are discussed considering examples of involuntary pilot transfer functions from the literature.


Rotorcraft aeroelasticity Robust stability Rotorcraft-pilot couplings 



The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement No. 266073.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Quaranta
    • 1
  • Aykut Tamer
    • 1
  • Vincenzo Muscarello
    • 1
  • Pierangelo Masarati
    • 1
  • Massimo Gennaretti
    • 2
  • Jacopo Serafini
    • 2
  • Marco Molica Colella
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie AerospazialiPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di IngegneriaUniversità Roma TreRomaItaly

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