Helicopter gearbox support struts are structural members designed to take large compressive and tensile mechanical loads. They also act as vibration transmission paths connecting the major noise and vibration generators of the main rotor and gearbox to the fuselage and cabin. In this paper the mechanisms of vibration transmission through these struts are examined. The differences between the low frequency behavior that is important in the transmission of the rotor vibrations, and the high frequency behavior that is important in the transmission of gear noise are discussed. A flexible element is introduced in series with the strut, and the limitations of this simple passive measure in attenuating longitudinal and flexural vibrations are highlighted. The analysis shows that there is a difference in the mechanisms of vibration transmission between low and high frequencies, and that there are difficulties in applying effective passive vibration isolation measures to this system.

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