UMICH/MIT Helicopter Hover Test Stand

spin test stand

spin stand above

control room

With the main purpose to foster helicopter research collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan , this is a unique facility to test advanced rotor blade concepts. Originally built at MIT with support from Boeing Helicopters in the mid-1990’s, the Hover Test Stand Facility was moved to the University of Michigan in 2002 where it received a new advanced data acquisition system.

Key Facility Characteristics

  • 10-foot diameter Mach-scaled (active) rotor
  • Existing hub for two-bladed articulated rotor
  • Rotor driven by 150HP (480V/154A) motor
  • 138 low voltage and 24 high voltage channel through a specially designed slip-ring takes the signal from the rotating to the fixed system and vice-versa.
  • Fully instrumented blades and hub can be monitored through state-of-the-art computerized data acquisition system
  • High-voltage amplifiers capable of driving multiple high voltage actuators located in the rotating frame
  • The Facility’s load/moment measurement capability (based on JR3 sensor) is –500 to 2000 lbf in the vertical axis and –800 to 200 ft-lbf for its corresponding moment.