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Workload Reduction Through Steering Wheel Control for Rotorcraft

Schuchardt, Bianca Isabella (2019) Workload Reduction Through Steering Wheel Control for Rotorcraft. CEAS Aeronautical Journal, 10 (3), pp. 893-902. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s13272-018-00360-3. ISSN 1869-5590. (In Press)

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This paper reports on the development and investigation of a steering wheel control concept for highly augmented rotorcraft with fly-by-wire control. The main idea is to use a steering wheel as primary inceptor instead of the conventional centre stick. The existing yaw pedals are reprogrammed to function similarly to the accelerator and brake pedals in a car. The height can be controlled either via a conventional collective lever or via switches behind the wheel. An additional 8-way switch in the centre of the wheel is used for horizontal precision manoeuvres in the low speed regime. A fixed-base simulator study was performed in order to compare conventional and steering wheel control with respect to pilot workload. Three different user groups participated in the study, namely helicopter pilots, car drivers and test candidates with no experience in either driving or flying. The study showed that, especially for the car drivers, the perceived workload could be reduced when flying a helicopter with a steering wheel.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126510/
Document Type:Article
Title:Workload Reduction Through Steering Wheel Control for Rotorcraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schuchardt, Bianca Isabellabianca.schuchardt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1251-3594
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Aeronautical Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1007/s13272-018-00360-3
Page Range:pp. 893-902
Status:In Press
Keywords:steering wheel, workload measurement, rotorcraft, helicopter
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:rotorcraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L RR - Rotorcraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - The Smart Rotorcraft (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems > Rotorcraft
Deposited By: Schuchardt, Dr.-Ing. Bianca Isabella
Deposited On:17 Jul 2019 09:54
Last Modified:20 Jun 2021 15:52

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