Leonardo Awarded Patent for Helicopter Anti-Torque Rotor

Leonardo Awarded Patent for Helicopter Anti-Torque Rotor 13 Mar, 19, Source: USPTO

An anti-torque rotor of a helicopter, having: a supporting body; a drive shaft which rotates about a first axis with respect to the supporting body; a hub connected operatively to drive shaft and angularly fixed with respect to first axis; at least one blade which is connected operatively to hub, is angularly fixed with respect to first axis, and is angularly movable with respect to a second axis to adjust the pitch angle of blade; and an actuator which can be operated to rotate blade about second axis to adjust the pitch angle of blade; actuator has an electric motor which generates torque along the first axis; and a mechanical stage interposed between the electric motor and blade, and designed to convert the torque into rotation of blade about the respective second axes; electric motor is fixed to supporting body.

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