This paper considers the control of a helicopter gearbox electromagnetic suspension for a complete multibody model of the structure. As the new generation of helicopters includes variable engine RPM during flight, it becomes relevant to add active control in their suspension systems. Most of active system performances derive directly from the controller construction, its optimization to the system controlled and the disturbances expected. An investigation on a FXLMS control algorithm has been made to optimize it in terms of narrow band disturbance rejection. In this paper an active suspension based on DAVI principle is evaluated. Firstly, a multibody model is set up to estimate realistic acceleration levels inside the cabin. Then multiple controllers are tested, minimizing vibrations on different parts of the helicopter structure. The simulations tend to prove that it is possible to implement an effective active suspension with a low power actuator and obtain a significant vibration reduction level for a frequency bandwidth centered at the natural frequency of the original DAVI.

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