Wendeker Mirosław Wendeker

RodLife - Helicopter dynamic system for digital twin purposes

Mirosław Wendeker

Lublin University of Technology, Poland

ABSTRACT

The contemporary challenges in aviation engineering, aimed at increasing the safety and efficiency of helicopter operations, demand innovative technological solutions. RodLife, a dynamic helicopter system utilizing the digital twin concept, introduces a novel approach to monitoring and analyzing the lifecycle of critical components. Based on advanced mathematical and simulation models, this project provides a detailed assessment of the technical condition of structural elements, especially the blade pitch control pushrod, which is crucial for the safe operation of helicopters. Utilizing Co-simulation techniques that integrate fluid dynamics (CFD), rigid body mechanics (MBD), and finite element analysis (FEM), RodLife offers a comprehensive view of the loads affecting components under various operational conditions. This model allows for precise forecasts regarding fatigue life, taking into account real usage conditions. The article presents experimental and simulation research results that confirm the effectiveness of the proposed system in identifying potential failure points and optimizing maintenance processes. Thus, RodLife represents a step forward towards enhancing the reliability and safety of helicopters while reducing operational costs by extending the time between inspections. The innovative aspect of the RodLife project also lies in its versatility – the ability to adapt to various types of rotorcraft, opening new perspectives for the aviation industry. The presented research is the outcome of a scientific collaboration between the Lublin University of Technology with the industry, highlighting the importance of synergy between the research and application sectors in the development of new technologies.

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

Prof. Mirosław Wendeker is the Head of the Department of Thermodynamics of Fluid Mechanics and Aerospace Drives in Lublin University of Technology. His scientific discipline is mechanical engineering. Prof. Wendeker has associated his professional path with automotive and aerospace technology (combustion engines, electronic control systems for gasoline injection, aircraft drive systems, aerodynamics), photovoltaics. The professor's teaching activities include technical thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, aircraft power units and aircraft operations.
He is currently focusing his activities in the following directions:

  • design and development of aircraft propulsion systems with particular emphasis on the development of internal combustion engine control systems and hybrid power units;
  • design and research of vehicle and aircraft aerodynamics using both wind tunnel testing and CFD modeling.

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