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Textron selects ITT Enidine for vibration control on Bell 360
Thursday, 3 December 2020
Team Invictus is developing the Bell 360 prototype, with the Army's FARA program targeting first flight in 2022. Enidine's vibration and energy absorption technology is already certified on the Bell 505.

ITT Inc.'s Enidine has teamed with Bell Textron to produce passive vibration control technology for the Bell 360 Invictus as work continues to submit a competitive prototype to the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program.

As a teammate in Team Invictus, Enidine will work with Bell to produce passive Liquid Inertia Vibration Eliminator (LIVE) units. The Bell LIVE unit is a soft mounting for the aircraft transmission designed to cancel vibrations transmitted during flight. Benefits of this technology include reduction of noise and vibration, providing a more comfortable, smoother passenger ride and extending the lifespan of rotorcraft components.

Enidine and the rest of Team Invictus are in the first stage of designing and developing the Bell 360 prototype, with the Army's FARA program targeting a first flight for late Calendar Year 2022.

Enidine has a long-trusted relationship working with Bell. Enidine first began providing LIVE units for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and the Bell 525 Relentless commercial aircraft. The LIVE unit's vibration and energy absorption technology is qualified and certified on the Bell 505 commercial aircraft.

"At ITT, we serve as a committed teammate in moving the aerospace industry forward," says Rob Hartman, Vice President of ITT's Connect and Control Technologies Aerospace business. "Teaming with industry leaders like Bell allows us to constantly innovate and build upon our robust portfolio of vibration isolation offerings, tailoring technology previously used in commercial applications for use in a mission-critical defense application suitable for the FARA program."

"By leveraging our work with the Bell 505 and 525, our team is adapting the LIVE technology to meet the needs of the Bell 360 Invictus prototype," said Ryan Evans, Aerospace Product Manager with ITT's Control Technologies business. "The LIVE unit utilises two types of technologies offered in Enidine's strong aerospace portfolio – elastomeric capabilities that make up the laminated bearings in the Bell LIVE unit and our hydraulic technology. Paired together, these technologies support the Bell LIVE unit and tune to the frequency within the rotorcraft, reducing vibration."

Bell's LIVE units will be on display in Bell's Advanced Vertical Lift Center (AVLC). The exhibit, which is in development, will showcase a 3D rendering of the technology and will be on display for viewing by members of government, media, think tanks and others.

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