3544. Weight Reduction on Serial Rotorcraft Programs


SAWE Members get a $200 store credit each year.*

Become a SAWE Member

*Store credit coupon available at checkout, click the button in your shopping cart to apply the coupon.
Not applicable to SAWE textbooks and current conference technical papers.


Johann Wenzl: 3544. Weight Reduction on Serial Rotorcraft Programs. 2012.



This paper gives an overview about typical reasons for significant weight increases of rotorcraft programs during development and during the entire product life cycle.
It demonstrates how industrial constraints, conflicts between business functions and changes in the legal environment lead to technical decisions increasing the product’s weight and/or degrading the CoG balance.
Furthermore this paper explains customer aspects in making decisions to choose between more and less weight optimized solutions.
As weight saving campaigns are typically launched late in the program’s lifecycle, this paper gives a generic methodology to manage them successfully considering both weight and cost.
While optimizing the weight, mission flexibility is often degraded. This paper demonstrates ways to find the best compromise solution.


SKU: Paper3544 Category: