MIL-STD-810: Shock and Vibration Testing Category 9 – Aircraft – Helicopter

This is part of a series of blog posts concerning the MIL-STD 810 Vibration Section.  This blog was written with reference to MIL-STD-810G w/Change 1 dated 15 April 2014.  DES has the experience and expertise to help you determine what profiles are appropriate for your product and to run your MIL-STD-810 vibration test. For more information, please check out our Vibration Testing services page and the other blog posts in this series,

MIL-STD-810 Vibration Testing Overview

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Procedure I (General Vibration), Category 9 of Method 514.7 Vibration testing details the vibration profile of cargo carried in helicopters.  This vibration profile is unique because it superimposes strong narrowband peaks of sinusoidal vibration caused by rotating components such as the main or tail rotors, over low-level wideband random vibration caused by aerodynamic flow.  This vibration profile is generally referred to as Sine on Random Vibration Testing.  Figure 1 outlines the typical vibration profile and the variables which are determined based upon the type of helicopter as well as the location on the helicopter where your product will be used or stored.  Tables 1 and 2 define the equations and properties used to determine the variables used in the Figure 1 plot.

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