The main aim of HERRB is the delivery of model based design framework and construction of a full-scale, all-electric braking system prototype for the main and tail rotors of a helicopter including a static brake.
The final solution should be as weight competitive with the systems that it intends to replaces as possible. Hence, a critical element of the project presented here will be to minimise the weight of the system well below existing commercially available machines, exploiting the very low duty cycle required from the application whilst maintaining the levels of safety and reliability needed from this type of aircraft system. For this to be viable, a thorough understanding of the electrical and thermal behavioural of the electric braking system must be formulated, resulting in the lowest mass system possible.
The programme is funded as part of the €1.6Bn Clean Skies Joint Technology Initiative (JTI).