Helicopters Magazine

LORD expands its electromechanical business

May 2, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

May 2, 2012, Cary, N.C. - LORD Corporation has announced the expansion of its electromechanical business with the launch of Active Vibration Control System (AVCS) for the Eurocopter EC130 T2 platform. Initial product deliveries began in late 2011.

Unveiled by Eurocopter during HELI-EXPO 2012 in Dallas, Tex., the EC130 T2 is designed to excel in a broad range of missions, from aerial tourism and utility to emergency medical airlift.

Contributing to the success of the EC130-T2 platform, LORD Corporation's proven AVCS technology was selected for the aircraft. Designed to reduce vibration in the helicopter fuselage generated by the main rotor, LORD AVCS is a state-of-the-art, patented system that controls steady state and transient vibration, even during start up and extreme flight maneuvers. Key benefits of an AVCS include:

* Reduce Weight – Eliminates heavy passive vibration absorbers
* Improve Comfort – Reduces occupant vibration levels in both the cockpit and cabin
* Improve Performance – Enables expanded flight envelope within aircraft design limits and extended range
* Reduce Direct Maintenance Cost – Lowers aircraft vibration levels resulting in less vibration induced fatigue of structures and equipment

Accelerometers measure aircraft vibration levels and signals are sent to a centralized computer. The computer is running a software algorithm that interprets the signals and sends commands to force generators located throughout the aircraft. These force generators create "anti-vibration" that stops the progression of vibration due to the main rotor.



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