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1 ABSTRACT (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY) Engine Control System for the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)BYMr. B.P. RAO Mr. K.M.BHAT L.RAJASHEKAR(ROTARY WING RESEARCH AND DESIGN CENTRE)This paper gives a brief overview of the engine requirements and hence its control system requirements for a modern helicopter based on flight requirement and design philosophy. Second part gives a brief insight into theEngine modulesBasic control architectureBasic fuel system configurationControl system operationIndication and monitoringControl laws
2 INTRODUCTION :ALH is integrated with two Turbomeca TM333-2B2 Engines. These engines are controlled by dedicated single channel FADEC.The control system is designed to adapt the engine to the helicopter power requirements while remaining within defined limits. Basic principle is to maintain the output shaft rpm at the datum value at zero to maximum power level throughout the operating envelope of the helicopter.On TM 333-2B2 engine, the Engine Electronic Control Unit achieves this by controlling the fuel flow and inlet guide vane positions depending on the operating condition and power demand.
3 A typical power required vs speed for a given altitude and AUW (All Up Weight) is shown in Fig. 1 along with the components of power requirements. The engine power limits of a typical helicopter are also shown. Fig.2 shows the Power required vs AUW and altitude (since the power and weight are normalised with density ratio) and the flight test validation of the same. Fig. 3 and 4 show the power and fuel flow with altitude for a given AUW. Fig. 5 shows the variation of power with bleed (power for the actual engine is kept constant even with bleed) at the expense of fuel. ALH is integrated with two Turbomeca TM333-2B2 Engines. These engines are controlled by dedicated single channel FADEC.
9 SINGLE ENGINE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS AND TESTS Helicopters have specific requirements like constant rotor rpm under all operating conditions, zero to maximum torque, autorotation, ‘g’ maneuvers, single engine new additional requirements for multiengine helicopters etc. Turbo-shaft engine have requirements like large gas generators speed variation, minimum turbine entry temperature and fuel flow function, etc. To cater for all these requirements the principle is to control fuel flow and air flow into the engine.A fixed wing aircraft requires a landing strip for take off and landing. In the event of full engine failure, it requires a set of procedures and capability (a high glide ratio for all engine failure cases) and reduced speed with sideslip for multiengine aircrafts, apart from a proper landing strip.
10 A helicopter can hover and it too has a defined envelope and procedures for flight in case of single engine failure.. The first is the H-V i.e. the hover and speed regime for a safe recovery in case of single engine or two engine failure.The second is the take off and landing in case of one engine failure for civil operation called as CAT-A and CAT-B operation.The third is in the event of all engine failure, the helicopter can land safely (provided a safe spot is available) in oblique descent or even in vertical descent by autorotation. Here the potential engine of the helicopter is converted into rotational energy of the rotor to give a lift for a safe touchdown.The first two single engine operations are briefly described below.
11 HEIGHT VELOCITY (H-V) DIAGRAM For every helicopter, whether it is single engine or multi engine, there existsan envelope of initial velocities and heights from which a helicopter cannotland/flyway safely in the event of an engine failure.Height Velocity diagram consists of three main points (as shown in Fig. 6),they are,High Hover Point (HHP)Low hover point (LHPKnee pointFig.7 shows the engine power variation (Actual Tests) during H-V Diagram Testing.
14 The Category A helicopter must be The Category B helicopters CAT–A AND CAT–B PERFORMANCEThe Category A helicopter must beMulti engineEach engine should have separate controls and independent fuel system such that failure of one engine should not hamper the operation of other engine.It should have stay up capability. In the event of engine failure, it should have minimum rate of climb.The Category B helicoptersMay be single or multi engineNeed not have stay-up capabilityNormally certified for higher AUW and altitudes compared to CAT-A helicopters, as they have to land immediately in the event of engine failure.A typical CAT-A Take Off is shown in Fig. 8 and the actual flight testdemonstration is shown in Fig. 9.
15 TYPICAL FLIGHT TAKE OFF PATH FOR CAT-A OPERATION FIG. 8 1000 ft6 ftIGETDP(40 ft, 40 kts)Vtoss (2 .5 min OEI rating) (MCR)ROC 100 ft/minAccn. From vtoss to vyVy (65 Kts) ICR rating (30 min) ROC 150 ft/min200 ft40 ftTYPICAL FLIGHT TAKE OFF PATH FOR CAT-A OPERATIONFIG. 8
17 The main objective of this paper is the engine control system which can be discussed in more detail with an understanding of the main engine requirements.Engine control system on ALH is configured with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Controls) and associated controls and sensors.The main functions of the FADEC are:- Automatic starting- Output Speed control- Inlet Guide Vane (IGV) control- Automatic fuel flow control- Various limitation function- Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) mode control- Over speed protection- Engine usage monitoring- Maintenance/diagnostic aid- One Engine Inoperative (OEI) Training mode
18 ENGINE GENERAL DESCRIPTION This description considers the main functional components of the engineGas generatorAnnular air intakeTwo stage axial compressor with variable inlet guide vanesSingle stage centrifugal compressorAnnular reverse flow combustion chamber with vaporiser fuel burnersSingle stage axial turbine.Power turbineSingle stage axial turbine with co-axial shaftExhaust pipeDirect axial exhaust pipe.Reduction gear boxReduction gear box train comprising three helical gearsForward output shaftAccessory drive train
20 Installation requirements Installation requirementsThe main functional requirements of the installation are :Constant rotor rotation speed NR in all operating conditions- Max torque limit C (usually imposed by the aircrafttransmission)- Complete engine protection (N1 and N2 speeds, TET.acceleration control ∆N1/∆t ...)- Good load sharing (in the case of a multi-engineconfiguration).Adaptation to requirementsTo have a constant rotation speed of the power turbine N2. the power supplied by the engine is automatically adapted to the demand. This adaptation is ensured by the control. system which meters the fuel flow injected into the combustion chamber so as to deliver the required power (variation of the gas generator N I rotation speed) while keeping the engine within its operational limits.Power transmissionThe mechanical power supplied hy the engine. is used to drive the helicopter rotors through a mechanical transmission.This power drives:The main rotorThe tail rotorThe main gearboxTwin engine configurationIn a twin engine configuration, the engines arc installed at, (the rear of the main gearbox.In a twin engine configuration, the engines arc installed at, (the rear of the main gearbox.The power turbines of the two engines are mechanically connected to the main gearbox which drives the rotors (main and tail rotors).
23 FUEL SYSTEM – DESCRIPTION The fuel system includes the following components:Booster pump (low pressure aircraft system)Low pressure pump / Alternator unitThis unit includes a centrifugal low-pressure pump and an alternator to electrically supply the Digital Engine Control UnitFuel filterThe fuel filter includes a filtering element, a pre-clogging pressure switch, a by-pass valve and a filter-clogging indicator.High pressure ,pump and metering unitThis unit includes a gear type high pressure pump fitted with a pressure relief valve.It also has a metering unit which includes:- A constant ∆P valveA manual metering valve A fuel metering unit (controlled by the DECU) - A stop electro-valve (of bi-stable type). It opens duringshut-down.Inlet guide vane actuatorThis actuator receives HP pump outlet pressure.Valve assemblyThe assembly includes:- A start electro-valve for start injector supply during starting- A pressurising valve which gives fuel supply priority to the start injectors- A flow divider which gives supply preference to one of the main injectorsA manual purge valveA main injector purge valveFuel injection system- 4 start injectors, fitted around the combustion chamber casing -12 main injectors. Pre-vaporising injectors installed at the rear of the combustion chamber casing. Indicating devices- Low fuel pressure switch
25 The constant ∆P valve is closed FUEL SYSTEM - OPERATION (1)This part deals with the following operating phases: prestart, starting, normal operation, manual control and shutdown. Pre-start - The LP and HP pumps do not operate and there is no pressure in the systemThe constant ∆P valve is closed The stop electro-valve is in the "stop" positionThe start electro-valve is in ventilation positionThe pressurising valve is closed-The flow divider is closed-The manual metering valve is in the "neutral" position-The metering unit can be in any position.During the electrical power up, the metering unit is initialised.
26 VARIABLE INLET GUIDE VANE SYSTEM- DESCRIPTION –OPERATIONDescriptionThe variable inlet guide vane system comprises a row of the vanes fitted in the front compressor casing before the Ist stage axial compressor.Each vane has a lever connected to its outer end and each lever is connected to a common actuating ring around the outside of the casingThe actuating ring is connected by an actuating rod to the hydraulic actuatorThe actuator receives fuel pressure from the outlet;et of the HP fuel pump. It also has an electrical connector through which it is connected to the DECU.OperationThe angle of the variable inlet guide vanes is determined by the DECU as a function N1 and T1The DECU sends signals to the actuator to vary the fuel pressure either side of a hydraulic piston, thus actuating the rod and causing the vane angle to vary.
28 IGV actuatorFuel injection systemStart injectorsMain injection systemElectrical componentsIndicating system sensorsControl system sensorsDedicated alternatorIgnition unitStarter-generatorDigital Engine Control Unit(DECU)This control unit controls and monitors the engine.Digital typeInstalled in the aircraftSerial data link (connection with the aircraft)Control system –descriptionThe complete system includes aircraft components, engine components and the DECUAircraft componentsControl components (analog and logic signals)Indicating components (instruments,lights….)DECU electrical supplyStart and stop control logicEngine componentsHydro mechanical componentsFuel controlLP pumpFilterHP pumpMetering unit (with manual control)Stop electro-valveValve assemblyStart electro –valvePressurizing valveFlow divider valve
31 CONTROL SYSTEM – OPERATION (2) Functions ensured by the electronic control systemThis part mentions in a general way the main functionalelectronic blocksSelection of the control modeStart controlN2 speed controlAnticipationIGV controlLimitations (N1 ,torque..)N1 speed controlFlow limitationControl of the metering valveOverspeed protectionAPU modeMonitoringData bus interfaces with the air craftFault detection and indicationCycle countingΔN1 indication calculationCounting and indicating of engine usageEngine operating hours
33 CONTROL SYSTEM –OPERATION (3) StartingThis function includes the staring sequence ,the starting fuel flow control ,idling ,the transition from idle to flight and restart in flightStarting sequenceThe system ensures the cranking (starter),ignition( ignition unit) and the fuel supply.Start is selected using the Stop –Start –Flight selectorStop (selection of engine shut –down)Start (start control up to idle)Flight (normal control)In – flight startThe sequence is identical to a ground start ,but only permitted below 17%N1It the start is selected above 17%N1 the DECU will wait until N1 < 17% before initiating the start.Starting fuel flow controlDuring staring the fuel flow CH is metered so as to provide a rapid start without over temperatureTo this end, the fuel flow is controlled according to different laws:Basic flow law as a function of T1 and residual t4.5 gas temperature.Starting flow law as a function of N1 acceleration (ΔN1 /Δt)Flow correction law as a function of t4.5 indexed proportional; to N1.The elaborated fuel flow datum CH* is used to control the metering valve via:Choice datumMetering valve control,depending on the datum
35 CONTROL SYSTEM –OPERATION (4) Idlewhen starting is completed ,the rotation speed stabilises at idle (94 % N2 if idle has been selected )Transition from idle to flightThis is effected by moving the selector from start /training to flightDuring the transition the torque and N2 acceleration are limitedThe transition is completed when the system enters in to nominal speed controlControl functionsTransition controlSpeed control (N2 ,N1 ,limitation)Selection of fuel flow datum CH*Flow controlMetering valve control
37 CONTROL SYSTEM –OPERATION (5) Control – generalInstallation configurationThe gas generator supplies power to the power turbine which is connected to the helicopter main rotor.Installation requirementsAircraft rotor speed (NR) almost constant in all operating conditions (because of the rotor efficiency)whatever the load applied.Max torque limitation (imposed by the mechanical transmission and the helicopter main gearbox).Power turbine rotation speed (N2) within given limits (in fact almost constant,as it is connected to the rotor)Limitation of the gas generator rotation speed N1 :Max N1Min N1 (to avoid engine flame –out and critical speeds.)-Protection against surge ,flameout, overtemperature….Adaptation to requirementsThe control system ensures the engine adaptation to the requirements by metering the fuel flow CH sprayed in to the combustion chamber.Thus, the gas generator adapts automatically to the requirements (N1 demand) to maintain constant the power turbine rotation speed N2 whilst keeping all the other parameters within determined limits.This adaptation is illustrated by :The diagram W/N1,N2 whish illustrates the power W,the max torque C and rotation speeds N1 and N2.The diagram N1.N2 which illustrates the N1/N2 relation curve.
39 CONTROL SYSTEM –OPERATION(6) Speed control –generalControl loopThe control loop comprises essentially :An anticipator linked to the helicopter collective pitch lever.A power turbine (N2) controllerAn N1 limiter for max and min N1,acceleration .An N1 controllerA fuel flow limiter (CH) for max and min flow ,anti flame –out,anti-surge.A fuel flow controller to control the fuel metering valve.
40 Operating principle.In this type of control system the position of the helicopter collective pitch lever ,which represents the power required ,determines the basic N1 datum .This function ,which is called the anticipator, permits an initial adaptation of the gas generator speed to balance the power supplied with the power required and thus maintain the N2 constant.Further more the anticipator supplies an immediate signal for a load variation ,which the detection time and provides a rapid reaction of the control system.However this first reaction is not sufficient ,as the power requires depends on other factors.The basic datum is modified by the N2 controller ,which is a proportional controller ,after comparing the difference between a datum ,the nominal NR and the measured N2.thus the N2 ,and therefore the NR, are maintained constant without static droop.The N1 datum is thus elaborated as a function of the anticipator and the N2 controllerThe N1 datum is then limited in order to assure certain functions such as rating stops, acceleration and deceleration control,torque limiting…
41 The N1 controller is integral and treats the difference between the N1 datum and the actual N1.It translates the difference in to a fuel flow datum CH, in order to maintain the N1 constant without static droopThe fuel flow limiter then modifies this datum in order to assure certain protection functions such as anti – surge ,anti flame –out etc.Finally the fuel flow datum is treated to give a signal to the metering unit which determines the actual fuel flow injected it to the combustion chamber ,which determines the operation of the gas generator ,particularly the rotation speed N1
43 CONTROL SYSTEM – OPERATION (7) The control loop comprises N2 control ,anticipation, N2 datum selection ,limitations and N1 control.N2 (Free turbine rpm) controlThe N2 controller is a proportional type controller ,that is ,it has no static droop .The controller treats the difference between a datum N2* and the actual N2.The N2 datum is calculated according to the control mode: idle ,flight, training flight. It is also dependent on aircraft altitude.There is an N2 Trim selector (Low-Normal-High) for the two engine, which permits the pilot to select the NR speed.AnticipationLoad variations are anticipated by a signal from a potentiometer linked to the collective pitch lever.This signal ,XCP ,acts on the N1 datum.N1 limiterThe N1 datum is limited to assure various limitations (details on the following pagesN1 controlThe N1 controller is an integral controller ,that is without static droop.This controller treats the difference between the datum and the actual N1 and elaborates the necessary fuel flow datum CH*Example of transitory controlIn the case of an increase of load the control system responds and increases the fuel flow CH.The N1 increases in order to maintain N2 constant.APU modeA cockpit selector permits the selection of APU mode on No.1 engine only. Selection of APU mode energises an electric clutch which allows the engine to drive the aircraft electric generator.
44 Torque limitationThe N1 datum is also limited to prevent overtorque of the helicopter main gear box .These torque limits are also calculated as a function of N2.Acceleration and deceleration controlDuring acceleration ,the rate of change of the N1 datum is limited in order to avoid surge caused by overfuelling.The rate of change (ΔN/Δt)is modified as a function of P0 and T1 . The system includes a more limiting recovery law which is used in the event of the P3 signal becoming defective.During deceleration,the rate of change of the N1 datum is limited to prevent flame –out during rapid deceleration.Note: The lowest demand (thermal or torque ) will determine the limit.
46 CONTROL SYSTEM -OPERATION (15) Overspeed OverspeedThe DECU includes an optional power turbine overspeed shut-down system.This system will shut-down the engine if the power turbine speed reaches acertain limit.This function is ensured by a specific board which is separated from the control boards(channels A and B).The overspeed logic includes two sub-Logics :-One measures the channel A N2 signal, compares it with the oyerspeed threshold andsupplies the negative of the stop electro-valve in case of oyerspeed.-The other measures the channel B N2 signal, compares it with the overspeed threshold and supplies the positive of the stop electro-valve in case of overspeed.Thus, when both sub-logics detect an overspeed, and only in this case, the engine is shut-down.
47 Re-armingOnce operated the system remains in the overspeed condition until it is re-armed, either;by a push button .Cross inhibitionThe system is designed to prevent both engines being shut down by their overspeed systems.This is achieved by a cross connection between the two DECUs, when one engine overspeed system operates it inhibits the overspeed function of the other system.System indication The overspeed system provides self monitoring signal by means of warning lightsOne light (OVSP MNTR) indicates the situation of the system failure- armed or dis-armed. One light (ENG OVSP) indicates the true overspeed situation and that the system has operated. Fault detectionA test circuit simulates an overspeed in order to verify the correct operation. The test is selected by pressing a push button. After a test the system is re-armed by depressing the re- arming push button. During the test and after, the situation of the system (failure -rearmed) is indicated by the warning lights. The unit with overspeed test and rearming buttons is located in the rear fuselage.
49 CONTROL SYSTEM -OPERATION (16) Operating principleIn this type of control system the position of the helicopter collective pitch lever, which represents the power required, determines the basic N1 datum. This function, which is called the anticipator, permits an initial adaptation of the gas generator speed to balance the power supplied with the power required and thus maintain the N2 constant.Furthermore the anticipator supplies an immediate signal for a load variation, which reduces the detection time and provides a rapid reaction of the control system. However, this first reaction is not sufficient, as the power required depends on other factors.The basic datum is modified by the N2 controller, which is a proportional controller , after comparing the difference between a datum; the nominal NR, and the measured N2. Thus the N2, and therefore the NR, are maintained constant without static droop.
50 Engine parameter indication CONTROL SYSTEM. INDICATION AND MONITORING (1) The system ensures the indication of engine parameters, performance indication, cycle counting, rating exceedance time counting, fault indication and maintenance aid.Engine parameter indication Indication of N 1, N2, TGT, Torque is provided direct from the engine to the cockpit, to allow engine monitoring in the event of total electronic failure and to check that the DECU is maintaining the engine within limits.These indications are independent of the electronic control. ΔN1 indication The system outputs the ΔN1 to the cockpit indicator.Counting functions The DECU counts and records in memory ,the N 1 and N2 cycles, the engine hours run. The DECU is also provided with a creep damage counter. This information can be accessed through the RS 232 serial data link.
52 CONTROL SYSTEM -INDICATION AND MONITORING (4) Maintenance aid Maintenance aid The system ensures the following functions Fault detection Fault isolation and identification of the component affected Writing of a fault report containing information such as date, fault type, location Transmission of the fault report to the helicopter system or to a computer (PC) for maintenance practices Recording in the memory of the last fault report.Data exchange with the aircraft and computer (PC)The DECU exchanges data with the aircraft by means of a serial data link RS 232.It can receive :The engine serial numberThe request for the reset of the counters in memoryThe request for the reset of the overspeed usageIt can transmit : The indications of torque, ΔN1, t4.5 The value of DECU inputs and outputs The counter contents Fault reports (after each failure).
54 ELECTRONIC ENGINE CONTROL UNIT FunctionThe EECU controls and monitors the engine operationMain characteristicsMotorola/EFCIS processorEECU is loaded with Flight critical Software, certified according to DO 178B standard, Level A.Cards installed in the EECU are modular. Each card is separated depending on the functionality e.g, IGV digital control card, IGV analog control card, overspeed monitoring card etc.Mechanical interfaces: Installation through shock mountsElectrical interfaces:Electrical connectorsRedundant electrical supply : 28VDC helicopter and 115V AC engine alternator.RS232 interfaceNon volatile memory