Benefits and limitations of parametric design implementation in helicopter gearbox design phase

  • Mermoz Emmanuel
  • Linares Jean-Marc
  • Bernard Alain

  • Computer aided design CAD
  • Design method
  • Gearbox


his paper describes a parametric design methodology implemented to reduce gearbox design phase. A helicopter gearbox is a complex mechanical system, in which parts are heavily loaded in order to save weight but that have to run for thousands of hours without failure. Such a system is strongly optimized therefore the smallest change in specifications or in geometrical environments can drastically jeopardize the scheduling. In order to speed up the gearbox design process and to strengthen its robustness regarding specifications variability, a parametric design methodology has been developed thanks to a close collaboration between the laboratories and Eurocopter.