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2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2160
Ferdinand Spek, Maarten Weehuizen, Ilja Achterberg
In new aircraft programs, systems’ functionality is increasingly becoming integrated into modular avionics. Controllers may not be delivered by the systems supplier so this trend creates a new interface between systems and controllers. A functional software specification is therefore needed to facilitate the building of the software by the controller supplier. In the case of an ECS system controller, the hardware was obtained from different suppliers and a software functional specification was needed for the controller supplier. To be able to design and verify the system functionality, an integrated ECS simulation model was created which coupled the thermodynamics of the aircraft and ECS system to the controller actions. The model also included functionality to simulate sensor noise and component failures. The thermodynamic model was created in Matlab/Simulink and consisted of a combination of direct programming as well as data on a Flowmaster model for the bleed system.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2111
Andrew Loveless, Christian Fidi, Stefan Wernitznigg
This paper proposes the Fault-Tolerant Voting Architecture using Time-Triggered Ethernet in high-integrity applications, which can robustly handle Byzantine faults. The problem of Byzantine agreement in real-life systems is fundamentally one of data distribution from a single source to multiple receivers. In voting systems designed to increase fault tolerance through the use of redundant processing elements, it is necessary to ensure that the data read from a single shared input device is bitwise identical across all redundant processors (i.e. have interactive consistency (IC)). Even more generally, the push for increasingly distributed control systems in spacecraft necessitates robust mechanisms for consensus among virtually all network connected components.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2159
Federico Cappuzzo, Olivier Broca, Jeremy Leboi
To answer the ever-increasing complexity of aircraft, it becomes of foremost importance to better and earlier assess the interactions among their systems and sub-systems. The study presents the Virtual Integrated Aircraft (VIA) methodology, which allows achieving the integration of aircraft systems with virtual means, complementing and preceding physical integration, which is usually completed at the end of the validation and integration phase. LMS Imagine.Lab platform provides the means for applying this methodology. A simulation architecture, integrating models from different platforms, is built and simulations are run on High Performance Computers (HPC) to cover multiple scenarios and therefore validate the selected architecture and pre-design in the early system development phases. Equipment, systems and subsystems are essential for the performance, safety, reliability and comfort.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2085
Sergey Lupuleac, Nadezhda Zaitseva, Margarita Petukhova, Julia Shinder, Sergey Berezin, Valeriia Khashba, Elodie Bonhomme
The paper is devoted to simulation of A320 wing assembly on the base of numerical experiments carried out with the help of ASRP software [1]. The main goal is to find fasteners’ configuration with minimal number of fastening elements that provides closing of admissible initial gaps. However, for considered junction type initial gap field is not known a priori though it should be provided as input data for computations. In order to resolve this problem the methodology of random initial gap generation based on available results of gap measurements is developed along with algorithms for optimization of fasteners' configuration on generated initial gaps. Presented paper illustrates how this methodology allows optimizing assembly process for A320 wing. 1. Lupuleac, S., Petukhova, M., Shinder, J., Smirnov, A. et al., "Software Complex for Simulation of Riveting Process: Concept and Applications," SAE Technical Paper 2016-01-2090, 2016, doi:10.4271/2016-01-2090.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2112
Mirko Jakovljevic
A specific set of architecture design patterns and computational models, used in integrated modular architectures for commercial domains can be deployed in other avionics, automotive and transportation domains. With the combination of different deterministic Ethernet protocol capabilities and selective application of best practices on non-blocking models of computation and communication, with strong resource sharing, isolation/partitioning and fault detection mechanisms, it is possible to design open Ethernet-based architectures which can host non-critical/soft-time and critical (hard RT, real-time) functions, and at the same time can support incremental modernization, reuse, and upgrades at significantly reduced system complexity and lifecycle costs.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2110
Ashutosh Kumar Jha, Prakash Choudhary
The complexity of software development is increasing unprecedentedly with every next generation of aircraft systems. This requires to adopt new techniques of software design and verification that could optimize the time and cost of software development. At the same time these techniques need to ensure high quality of software design and safety compliance to regulatory guidelines like DO-178C[1] and its supplements DO-330[2] and DO-331[3]. To arrive at new technologies one has to evaluate the alternate methods available for software design by developing models, integration of models, auto-code generation, auto test generation and also the performance parameters like time, effort, reuse and presentability needs to be evaluated. We have made an attempt to present summary of alternate design concept study, and edge of MBD over other design techniques.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2126
Ashutosh Kumar Jha, Gaurav Sahay, Adishesha Sivaramasastry
In aerospace industry, the concept of Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) has gained momentum and is becoming need of the hour for entire value chain in the industry. Identifying and sensing right parameters at right time is the key for success of IVHM. It has opened up challenge to the sensor providers to make sensors smarter, self-contained to compute and communicate efficiently. The expected benefits of lesser time to maintenance, reduced operating cost and very busy airports are motivating aircraft manufacturers to come up with tools, techniques and technologies to enable advanced diagnostic and prognostic systems in aircrafts. These features not only enable detection of failures but also support prediction of tentative failures upfront based on historical data, trend analysis and estimating the future trends. At present, various groups are working on different systems and platforms for health monitoring of an aircraft e.g.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2048
Bryan Shambaugh, Patrick Browning
This paper investigates the effect of various magnetic field configurations on an ionized exhaust plume operating under near vacuum conditions. The purpose of this investigation is to determine if deploying a toroidal magnetic field around an ionized exhaust plume can alter the exhaust profile. The test apparatus utilizes a series of twelve N52 grade neodymium magnets mounted on a steel toroid. The design is proposed as a low-cost alternative to toroidal electromagnets. Five different apparatus configurations were tested in this experiment. Each test was documented using 12 sets of photographs taken from a fixed position with respect to the flow. Photographs were taken after the arc jet had run for 10, 20, and 30 seconds. Data from each configuration was compiled using image processing and compared with data from other configurations at corresponding time periods. Two configurations were run as control tests without any magnetic interference.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2103
Bernd Hirschler, Mirko Jakovljevic
Deterministic Ethernet networks utilizing novel traffic classes and Layer 2 enhancements described in ARINC664 and SAE AS6802 represent core technologies for the design of advanced integrated architectures. This paper discusses security capabilities features for L2/L3 Ethernet networking from the perspective of embedded platform implementation. After brief discussion of general issues and terms around Confidentiality, integrity, or authenticity in Ethernet networks, the subject will be expanded with explanations on security constraints in configuration protection, secure sockets/diodes and MACsec and IPsec mechanisms. As our focus is on integrated architectures and Ethernet network devices, we will discuss interwoven safety/security constraints on design of integrated architectures with distributed MILS and zonal security (domain-based architecture) approaches, and consider the latest hypervisor and SoC technologies.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2020
Michael Croegaert
Modern military aircraft platforms are using more and more power which results in an ever increasing power density (SWaP). This in turn, generates more heat that has to be dissipated from the instrument panel and cockpit of the aircraft. Complicating this further is that the use of structural composites which are not efficient conductors of heat and the mission requirements of small heat signatures. Therefore alternative means of extracting the heat from the avionics systems must be used. Liquid cooled systems have the advantage over air cooled systems of a much higher heat transfer rate and the fact that the heat can be transported a significant distance from the source. Liquid cooled avionics have their own challenges as well. The architecture of the components (cold plates, etc) used for extracting the heat from the electronics component must be optimized to perform consistently and reliably while maintaining the smallest footprint possible in the already crowded instrument panel.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2109
Kiran Thupakula
Abstract Airport environments consist of several moving objects both in the air and on the ground. In air moving objects include aircraft, UAVs and birds etc. On ground moving objects include aircraft, ground vehicles and ground personnel etc. Detecting, classifying, identifying and tracking these objects are necessary for avoiding collisions in all environmental situations. Multiple sensors need to be employed for capturing the object shape and position from multiple directions. Data from these sensors are combined and processed for object identification. In current scenario, there is no comprehensive traffic monitoring system that uses multisensor data for monitoring in all the airport areas. In this paper, for explanation purposes, a hypothetical airport traffic monitoring system is presumed that uses multiple sensors for avoiding collisions.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2104
Marc Gatti
I Certification of a mono or multicore processor is going to request to demonstrate that we are able to master the determinism of the execution for all the applications which are going to be executed. Regarding the multicore we introduce a level of complexity to be managed regarding the execution of the application in parallel on each of the cores of the multicore processor whatever is the internal architecture of the processor. In an IMA context: This determinism is insured by the control of the WCET allowing defining a maximal boundary for all the accesses to all the services offered by the Operating System. The Platform Provider has no information about the applications which are going to be executed by his platform. In this condition the computation of a WCET on a multi-core, like it is done currently on a mono-core, will be realized by introducing constraints at the level of the internal functioning of the multi-core processor.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2108
Denis Buzdalov, Alexey Khoroshilov
Different modelling techniques intended to deal with complexity of modern IMA systems are widely used now. Models can be used to help developers to lay out relevant information structurally. They can also be used to perform different formal analyses on machine-readable models like schedulability analysis, network load checks, WCET for software parts, FTA and FMEA and etc. For some kinds of analyses, special models are created on different stages of development. We suppose that reuse of models for different aspects and development stages is generally a good thing. In some cases it allows to reduce costs on development process; also it allows to make preservation of consistency between models more automatic. We are aware that using the same model for different stages or aspects can cause additional cost in the model maintenance. In this paper we are trying to make a step to further (including practical) research on this topic.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2158
Fernando Stancato, Luis Carlos dos Santos, Marcelo Pustelnik
Abstract A problem of interest of the aeronautical industry is the positioning of electronic equipment in racks and the associated ventilation system project to guarantee the equipment operational conditions. The relevance of the proper operation of electronic equipment increases considerably when high economical costs, performance reduction and safety are involved. The appropriate operational conditions of the electronic components happen when the working temperature of the equipment installed in the rack is inside a safety project temperature margin. Therefore, the analysis and modelling of heat transfer processes for aircraft rack design becomes mandatory. This paper presents a parametric study considering volumetric and superficial heat generation in electronic equipment within racks in an aircraft. Simulations were performed using the commercial CFD Fluent code and results were compared to experimental data.
2017-09-19
Journal Article
2017-01-2165
Christian Moeller, Hans Christian Schmidt, Philip Koch, Christian Boehlmann, Simon Kothe, Jörg Wollnack, Wolfgang Hintze
The high demand of efficient large scale machining operations by concurrently decreasing operating time and costs has led to an increasing usage of industrial robots in contrast to large scaled machining centers. The main disadvantage of industrial robots used for machining processes is their poor absolute accuracy, caused by the serial construction, resilience of gearings and sensitivity for temperature changes. Additionally high process forces that occur during machining of CFRP structures in aerospace industry lead to significant path errors due to low structural stiffness of the robot kinematic. These errors cannot be detected by means of motor encoders. That is why calibration processes and internal control laws have no effect on errors caused by elastic deformation. In this research paper an approach for increasing the absolute accuracy of an industrial milling robot with help of a laser tracker system during machining tasks will be presented.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2107
Thorsten Kiehl, Jan Philip Speichert, Ethan Higgins, Ralf God
For an “end-to-end passenger experience that is secure, seamless and efficient” the International Air Transport Association (IATA) proposes Near Field Communication (NFC) and a single token concept to be enablers for future digital travel. NFC is a wireless technology commonly utilized in Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) and contactless smart cards. It is characterized by the following two attributes: a tangible user interface and secured short range communication. While manufacturers are currently adapting PED settings to enable NFC in the flight mode, the integration and use of this technology in aircraft cabins still remains a challenge. There are no explicit qualification guidelines for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing in an aircraft environment available and there is a lack of a detailed characterization of NFC equipped PEDs.
2017-09-19
Journal Article
2017-01-2018
Won Il Jung, Larry Lowe, Luis Rabelo, Gene Lee, Ojeong Kwon
Operator training using a real weapon in a real-world environment is risky, expensive, time-consuming, and restricted to the given environment. The simulator, or a virtual simulation, is usually employed to solve these limitations. As the operator is trained to maximize weapon effectiveness, the effectiveness-focused training can be completed. However, the training was completed in limited scenarios without guidelines to optimize the weapon effectiveness for an individual operator, thus the training will not be effective with a bias. For overcoming this problem, we suggest a methodology on guiding effectiveness-focused training of the weapon operator using big data and Virtual and Constructive (VC) simulations. Big data, which includes structured, unstructured, and semi-structured types, are generated by VC simulations under a variety of scenarios.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2028
Steven Nolan, Patrick Norman, Graeme Burt, Catherine Jones
Turbo-electric distributed propulsion (TeDP) for aircraft allows for the complete redesign of the airframe so that greater overall fuel and emissions benefits can be achieved. Whilst conventional electrical power systems may be used for smaller aircraft, much larger aircraft are likely to require the use of superconducting electrical power systems to enable the required whole system power density and efficiency levels to be achieved. The TeDP concept requires an effective electrical fault management and protection system. However, the fault response of a superconducting TeDP power system and its components has not been well studied to date, limiting the effective capture of associated protection requirements. For example, with superconducting systems it is the possible that a hotspot is formed on one of the components, such as a cable. This can result in one subsection, rather than all, of a cable quenching.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2115
Gilberto Burgio, Leonardo Mangeruca, Alberto Ferrari, Marco Carloni, Virgilio Valdivia-Guerrero, Laura Albiol-Tendillo, Parithi Govindaraju, Marcel Gottschall, Olaf Oelsner, Sören Reglitz, Jann-Eve Stavesand, Andreas Himmler, Lionel Yapi
This paper presents a demonstrator implemented in the project MISSION (Modelling and Simulation Tools for Systems Integration on Aircraft). This is a collaborative project being developed under the European Union Clean Sky 2 Program, a public-private partnership bringing together aeronautics industrial leaders and public research organizations based in Europe. The provision of integrated modelling, simulation, and optimization tools to effectively support all stages of aircraft design remains a critical challenge in the aerospace industry. In particular the high level of system integration that is characteristic of new aircraft designs is dramatically increasing the complexity of both design and verification. Simultaneously, the multiphysics interactions between structural, electrical, thermal, and hydraulic components have become more significant as the systems become increasingly interconnected.
2017-09-19
Journal Article
2017-01-2142
Brandon Mahoney, Jamie Marshall, Thomas Black, Dennis Moxley
It is well recognized that weight savings within an airframe can result in significant lifetime cost savings and increased flight range. The transition of aluminum alloys to lighter, composite materials is an increasingly prevalent strategy to reduce weight on aircraft. This paper describes the application of a lightweight carbon fiber composite technology to aviation, engine start lithium batteries. The transition of lithium battery chassis technology from metal to composite introduces technical challenges not found with traditional battery chassis. Modern lithium batteries contain more than energy cells; common internal components include switch mode battery chargers, health and safety monitoring electronics, and even environmental control circuitry such as heaters. Consequently, electromagnetic interference disruption potential created by the electronics must be addressed.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2030
Benjamin Cheong, Paolo Giangrande, Patrick Wheeler, Pericle Zanchetta, Michael Galea
In effort to reduce environmental impact of the aerospace industry, More Electric Aircraft (MEA) concepts with electrical systems for fuel pumping, wing ice protection, environmental control systems and aircraft actuation are becoming more and more widely researched. The replacement of hydraulic actuators by motor drives for flight control surfaces is particularly attractive for maintainability, reduction in operating costs and to eliminate the hydraulic fluid. High power density of aerospace motor drives is a key factor in the successful realization of these concepts. An integrated system design approach offer optimization opportunities for further improvements in power density however the challenge lies in its multi-disciplinary modelling and the handling of numerous optimization variables or constraints that are discrete and non-linear in nature. A 4-level modelling paradigm has been proposed by multiple authors to represent a motor drive.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2060
Joseph Dygert, Patrick Browning, Magdalena Krasny
The dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) has seen significantly increased levels of interest for its applications to various aerodynamic problems. The DBD produces stable atmospheric-pressure non-thermal plasma with highly energetic electrons and a variety of ions and neutral species. The resulting plasma often degrades the dielectric barrier between the electrodes of the device, ultimately leading to actuator failure. Several researchers have studied a variety of parameters related to degradation and time-dependent dielectric breakdown of various polymers such as PMMA or PVC that are often used in actuator construction. Many of these studies compare the degradation of these materials to that of borosilicate glass in which it is claimed that there is no observable degradation to the glass. Recent research at West Virginia University has shown that certain actuator operating conditions can lead to degradation of a glass barrier and can ultimately result in failure.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2063
Patrick Browning, Bryan Shambaugh, Joseph Dygert
The dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) has been studied significantly in the past 2 decades for its applications to various aerodynamic problems. The most common aerodynamic applications have been stall/separation control and boundary layer modification. Recently several researchers have proposed utilizing the DBD in various configurations to act as viable propulsion systems for micro and nano aerial vehicles. The DBD produces stable atmospheric-pressure non-thermal plasma in a thin sheet with a preferred direction of flow. The plasma flow, driven by electrohydrodynamic body forces, entrains the quiescent air around it and thus develops into a low speed jet on the order of 10-1 to 101 m/s. Several researchers have utilized DBDs in an annular geometric setup as a propulsion device. Other researchers have used them to alter rectangular duct flows and directional jet devices. This study investigates 2-D duct flows for applications in micro plasma thrusters.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2061
Andrea Cravana, Gerardo Manfreda, Enrico Cestino, Giacomo Frulla, Robert Carrese, Piergiovanni Marzocca
An accurate aeroelastic assessment of powered HALE aircraft is of paramount importance considering that their behaviour contrasts the one of conventional aircraft mainly due to the use of high aspect-ratio wings with distributed propulsion systems. This particular configuration shows strong dependency of the wing natural frequencies to the propulsion distribution and operating conditions. Numerical and experimental investigations are carried out to better understand the behaviour of flexible wings, focusing on the effect of distributed electric propulsion systems. Several configurations are investigated, including a single propulsion system (composed of the electric motor, propeller, and the wing-propulsion mounting POD) installed at selected spanwise positions, and configurations with two and three propellers. References: Amato, E.,Polsinelli, C.,Cestino, E.,Frulla, G.,Carrese, R.,Marzocca, P. (2016).
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2123
Violet Leavers
The need to maintain aircraft in remote, harsh environments poses significant challenges for on-site condition monitoring. For example, in desert assignments or on-board ships, frequent rotation of staff with variable levels of skill requires condition monitoring equipment that is not only robust and portable but also user friendly and requiring a minimum of training to set up and use correctly. The mainstays of any on-site aerospace maintenance program are various fluid and particulate condition monitoring tests that convey information about the current mechanical state of the system. In the front line of these is the collection and analysis of wear debris particles retrieved from a component’s lubricating or power transmission fluid or from magnetic plugs. It is standard practice within the specialist laboratory environment to view and image wear debris using a microscope.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2065
Sebastian Bandycki, Michele Trancossi, Jose Pascoa
This paper presents a comparison between different hypotheses of propulsion of a spherical UAS. Different architectures have been analyzed assessing their specific aerodynamic, energetic, and flight mechanics features. The comparison has been performed assuming the robustness of flight control in different wind conditions, defining for each the specific operative ranges, mission profiles, and energy assessment. An effective energy assessment and comparison against a commercial UAS has been produced. Even if the paper considers a preliminary simplified configuration, it demonstrates clearly to be competitive against traditional quadcopters in a predefined reference mission.
2017-09-19
Journal Article
2017-01-2036
William Schley
Abstract Of all aircraft power and thermal loads, flight controls can be the most challenging to quantify because they are highly variable. Unlike constant or impulsive loads, actuator power demands more closely resemble random processes. Some inherent nonlinearities complicate this even further. Actuation power consumption and waste heat generation are both sensitive to input history. But control activity varies considerably with mission segment, turbulence and vehicle state. Flight control is a major power consumer at times, so quantifying power demand and waste heat is important for sizing power and thermal management system components. However, many designers sidestep the stochastic aspects of the problem initially, leading to overly conservative system sizing. The overdesign becomes apparent only after detailed flight simulations become available. These considerations are particularly relevant in trade studies comparing electric versus hydraulic actuation.
2017-09-19
Technical Paper
2017-01-2101
Jon Barton Shields, Brian Peirce Barker
Abstract This paper discusses the merits, benefits and usage of autonomous key management (with implicit authentication) (AKM) solutions for securing Electronic Module to Electronic Module (i.e. ECUs, FCC, REUs, etc.) communication within air (and defense) vehicles and IoT applications; particularly for transmissions between externally exposed, edge Electronic Module sensors connected to Electronic Modules within the air (and defense) vehicle infrastructure. Specific benefits addressed include reductions of communication latency, implementation complexity, processing power and energy consumption. Implementation issues discussed include provisioning, key rotation, synchronization, re-synchronization, digital signatures and enabling high entropy.
2017-09-19
Journal Article
2017-01-2114
Jann-Eve Stavesand, Sören Reglitz, Andreas Himmler
Abstract In the aerospace industry, methods for virtual testing cover an increasing range of test executions carried out during the development and test process of avionics systems. Over the last years, most companies have focused on questions regarding the evaluation and implementation of methods for virtual testing. However, it has become more and more important to seamlessly integrate virtual testing into the overall development process. For instance, a company’s test strategy might stipulate a combination of different methods, such as SIL and HIL simulation, in order to benefit from the advantages of both in the same test process. In this case, efforts concentrate on the optimization of the overall process, from test specification to test execution, as well as the test result evaluation and its alignment with methods for virtual testing.
2017-08-01
Journal Article
2017-01-9283
Peter R. Hooper
Abstract This paper reports on the research and development challenges experienced from dynamometer testing of a spark ignition UAV engine operating on heavy fuel. The engine is a segregated scavenging two stroke engine with air charge delivery by means of integral stepped pistons overcoming durability issues of conventional crankcase scavenged engines. A key element of the experimental study builds upon performance development to address the need for repeatable cold start on low volatility fuel thereby eliminating gasoline from UAV theatres of deployment. Lubrication challenges normally associated with crankcase scavenged two stroke engines are avoided by the integrated re-circulatory lubrication system. The fuel explored in this study is kerosene JET A-1.
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