Aircraft & Helicopter Health Monitoring,
Condition Based Maintenance, and Navigation
MicroStrain's advanced sensor systems are extensively deployed on commercial and defense aerospace platforms, including helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and commercial aircraft. Our synchronized wireless sensor networks feature fully-calibrated miniature sensors and extended range communications for use in a variety of applications, including health monitoring and management, predictive maintenance and navigation.
MicroStrain’s wireless sensor networks will help ensure integrity, safety, and reliability of aircraft, rotorcraft and rotating components by assessing long-term performance and preventing costly repairs and downtime while our miniature, lightweight inertial sensors can be deployed in a variety of defense and commercial platforms to improve the accuracy and reliability of aerial navigation and tracking.
Technology evolves as we improve how information is gathered, analyzed and implemented into various applications. For instance, Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (-VTOL) can take off, hover and land vertically.
D. O'Neil, MicroStrain; S. Low, Boeing Military Aircraft Corp.
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.
Dan O'Neil, Steve Low
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,
Optimize communication, data analysis, and battery life with a Wireless Network
Instant, comprehensive reporting of aircraft health, from nose to rudder
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.
MicroStrain’s distributed rotorcraft wireless health monitoring systems provide a wealth of information about aircraft component health and usage.
Authored by Arms et al., and featured in American Helicopter Society: 2009
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.
Parker Hannifin MicroStrain
Patented Near Field Communications and Power for Wireless Torque Monitoring
D. O'Neil, C. Townsend; MicroStrain, C. Hodgkins, NAVAir Pax River
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 p
Sensors for Displacement Measuring
Authored by Arms et al., for Australian International Aerospace Congress: 2011
Synchronized wireless and hard-wired sensor network on rotating components includes energy harvesting to eliminate battery maintenance and improve SHUMS on Sikorsky MH-60S.
Authored by Arms et al., and featured in American Helicopter Society: 2007
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.
D.Wells, A.Westland; T. Frattini, AgustaWestland; D.Churchill, S. DiStasi, Parker MicroStrain Sensing Systems
Development of a helicopter on-rotor HUM system powered by vibration energy harvesting
Authored by Arms et al., and featured in American Helicopter Society: 2006
Wireless sensor networks with integrated energy harvesting capabilities demonstrate autonomous helicopter pitch link monitoring and condition based maintenance for NAVAIR.