Engines - Vibration (RB211)

Transient High Vibration Indication

Airborne Vibration Monitoring System

RB211 Engine Vibration Indications.

The Airborne Vibration Monitoring System monitors engine vibration levels. The vibration indications are displayed on the secondary engine display. The vibration source indication (the rotor with the highest vibration level) is also displayed.

If the vibration monitoring system cannot determine the source (N1, N2 or N3), broadband (BB) is displayed for the affected engine.

Broadband vibration is the average vibration detected.

The Airborne Vibration Monitoring System is primarily intended for engine condition monitoring, but it is also a useful tool for isolating and determining corrective action for engine anomalies.

Each engine has a primary and backup accelerometer connected through a signal conditioner tracking filter, to the vibration display on the secondary engine display. The accelerometer signal is filtered into separate frequencies, which represent engine Broadband and tracked vibration for the individual rotors.

When the level of the tracked vibration exceeds 2.5 units the vibration indications for both engines is displayed automatically. The engine vibration and pointer of the affected engine change color to amber.

System Failure

RB211 Engine Vibration Broadband Indications.

Broadband vibration will indicate if any speed signal is lost or if a tracking filter is faulty.

Certain engine malfunctions can result in airframe vibrations from a windmilling engine. As the airplane transitions from cruise to landing, there can be multiple, narrow regions of altitudes and airspeeds where the vibration level can become severe. In general, airframe vibrations can best be reduced by descending and reducing airspeed. However, if after descending and reducing airspeed the existing vibration level is unacceptable, and if it is impractical to further reduce airspeed, the vibration level may be reduced to a previous, lower level by a slight increase in airspeed.

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