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In an effort to assist naval architects in designing helicopter friendly ships, the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool was asked to design a device that would measure the ship airwake that a helicopter pilot would encounter while landing on the rear of a moving model warship.
Contained inside a scale model of a helicopter and designed to measure in real time the forces exerted on the rotors and body, the instrument required linear and rotary motion technologies that could handle high repeatability and accuracy. It was also important that the product be stainless steel in order to withstand the ingress of water.
The combination of three technologies available from Bishop-Wisecarver was chosen for this difficult challenge: PRT Precision Ring and Track, an HD Heavy Duty Linear Slide with beam, and a LoPro Linear Slide.
Get the whole story on how this tough application challenge was solved, including comments from the project engineer. Read article [ here ]
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