Active vibration control of helicopter rotor blade is studied. For the purpose of illustration, we have considered only flap wise vibration of a hingeless rotor blade, and modelled it, using finite element method, by 20 beam elements. The first 12 bending modes of the system are considered in the model. A H∞ controller is designed for the plant formulated as above.
The result of the numerical simulation of the closed-loop system shows that the control introduces an appreciable amount of damping in the frequency region of interest. The consideration of the modelling uncertainty in the synthesis of the controller resulted in a design which is robust stable in presence of formulated model uncertainty.