Wireless Sensor Network for Helicopter Rotor Blade Vibration Monitoring: Requirements Definition and Technological Aspects

Andrea Sanchez Ramirez, Kallol Das, Richard Loendersloot, Tiedo Tinga, Paul J.M. Havinga

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The main rotor accounts for the largest vibration source for a helicopter fuselage and its components. However, accurate blade monitoring has been limited due to the practical restrictions on instrumenting rotating blades. The use of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) for real time vibration monitoring promises to deliver a significant contribution to rotor performance monitoring and blade damage identification. This paper discusses the main technological challenges for wireless sensor networks for vibration monitoring on helicopter rotor blades. The first part introduces the context of vibration monitoring on helicopters. Secondly, an overview of the main failure modes for rotor and blades is presented. Based on the requirements for failure modes monitoring, a proposition for a multipurpose sensor network is presented. The network aims to monitor rotor performance, blade integrity and damage accumulation at three different scales referred to as macro layer, meso layer and micro layer. The final part presents the requirements for WSNs design in relation with sensing, processing, communication, actuation and power supply.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Damage Assessment on Structures, DAMAS 2013
EditorsBiswajit Basu
Place of PublicationZurich, Switserland
Pages775- 782
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013
Event10th International Conference on Damage Assessment on Structures, DAMAS 2013 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 8 Jul 201310 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
Volume569 - 570
ISSN (Print)1662-9795


Conference10th International Conference on Damage Assessment on Structures, DAMAS 2013
Other8-10 July 2013


  • Distributed Sensing
  • Helicopter Rotor Blade
  • Vibration Monitoring Systems
  • Wireless Sensor Network
  • METIS-298008
  • IR-87397
  • EWI-24453

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