Non-linear vibration analysis of oleo pneumatic landing gear at touchdown impact

S. Sivakumar1 , M. Syedhaleem2

1, 2Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research, Chennai, India

1Corresponding author

Mathematical Models in Engineering, Vol. 4, Issue 2, 2018, p. 89-97. https://doi.org/10.21595/mme.2018.19895
Received 7 April 2018; accepted 20 April 2018; published 30 June 2018

Copyright © 2018 S. Sivakumar, et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Abstract.

In this paper, nonlinear vibration analysis of a typical aircraft oleo pneumatic landing gear has been done. Mathematical model of the main landing gear is developed, and dynamic equations have been written incorporating the effect of lift force, friction force to study the landing gear behaviour at touchdown condition. The nonlinear effect of stiffness, damping coefficient properties are considered in the analysis. The displacement, velocity, acceleration values are obtained on different landing velocities by numerical simulations using MATLAB/Simulink. Using the same parameters of the aircraft, landing gear and tire, the dynamic analysis was also done in ABAQUS. The results obtained by the nonlinear vibration analysis using the developed model in MATLAB/Simulink have close agreement with the results obtained from ABAQUS. On the basis of the presented model, dynamic simulations of landing for large transport aircraft were performed for different sink velocities. The developed model is also helpful to fine tune the stiffness and damping properties of landing gear in the design stage itself to reduce the replacement / repair cost and increase the life of landing gear assembly.

Keywords: landing gear, stiffness, damping, vibration and non-linear.

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