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Dr Vaclav Ondra

Dr Vaclav Ondra

Dr Vaclav Ondra

Research Associate in Active Tendon Morphing Rotor Blades

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Research summary

Currently, I am a part of the Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency (SABRE) project (www.sabreproject.eu) where I focus on the development of a novel concept to alter structural properties of a helicopter blade using active tendon(s). The basic idea of the concept is to incorporate a tensile member (tendon) into a helicopter blade to introduce a means of controlling the blade’s effective stiffness. This control will allow to avoid harmful resonances in different flight regimes adaptively, which will enable the helicopter to operate over a wider range of rotor speeds, thereby increasing its efficiency and decreasing ...

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Biography

I received a Bachelor’s degree (Bc.) in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and a Master’s degree (Ing.) in Engineering (Solid) Mechanics in 2014 both at Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic. In 2017, I finished my PhD in the field of non-linear dynamics and non-linear system identification at Imperial College London. During my PhD, I also participated at Non-linear Mechanics and Dynamics Research Institute (NOMAD) organised by Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. I joined the University of Bristol as a research associate in 2017. 

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Selected publications

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