Aircraft flight test has traditionally been expensive and time consuming to accomplish, requiring complex hardware design and integration and extensive operational test teams to address aircraft downtime for instrumentation maintenance and calibration, flight operations, and post-flight data handling and evaluation.
Effective and accurate torque monitoring has been, and will continue to be, an ongoing challenge in the industrial, agricultural, and aerospace arenas. Torque measurements are useful as an indicator of mechanical system health and desirable for test and production run assets
Development of a helicopter on-rotor HUM system powered by vibration energy harvesting
Synchronized wireless and hard-wired sensor network on rotating components includes energy harvesting to eliminate battery maintenance and improve SHUMS on Sikorsky MH-60S.
Integrated structural health monitoring and reporting system for use on pitch link of Navy Bell M412 helicopter synchronizes distributed miniature sensors and active RFID in a low-power network.
MicroStrain’s wireless sensor system is demonstrated in flight tests for direct load monitoring on Bell M412 rotating components along side energy harvesting and energy aware operating modes.
Wireless sensor networks with integrated energy harvesting capabilities demonstrate autonomous helicopter pitch link monitoring and condition based maintenance for NAVAIR.
Immediate data feedback allowed flight engineers to make critical adjustments shortly after each test, enabling multiple tests per day. Previous test programs required week-long delays between flights for data analysis.
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Operation and maintenance can account for more than half of a rotorcraft’s total cost of ownership, but monitoring health and usage can reduce those maintenance costs by more than 15% and reduce unscheduled downtime by nearly 50%.
A distributed network of MicroStrain’s wireless sensors and its cloud-based data management portal, SensorCloud, were used by NASA to monitor the affects of acoustic shock on Kennedy Space Center equipment.