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Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Rudolf Neydorf, Sergey Novikov, Nikita Kudinov
Abstract Airship designers research application versions of systems with several ballonets for adjustment of airship roll and/or pitch as a whole. This requires effective automatic status management of each separate ballonet. But multi-ballonet system control issue encounters the absence of industrially measurable variables of each separate ballonet status. Thus status control issue of the system becomes uncertain. The fact requires the issue studying and shaping new scientific and technical solutions. This publication represents research results implying that fairly simple implementation and effective result can be achieved by application of fuzzy control concept. Its application is built on generating the representative quantity of fuzzy production rules. They are based on present set evaluation of known parameters and measured variables. This results in fuzzy but meaningful image of ballonet system status and airship as a whole. Thus achieving fairly good control over multi-ballonet system.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Puvan Arumugam, Chris Gerada, Serhiy Bozhko, He Zhang, Weeramundage Fernando, Antonino La Rocca, Stephen Pickering
Abstract This paper describes a high-speed electrical machine for an aircraft starter-generator. A surface mounted permanent magnet machine is designed to have minimal rotor losses and a novel cooling system for the stator. An inner stator sleeve is adopted to allow for a flooded stator whilst minimizing rotor windage losses. Different slot-pole combinations are compared in view of attaining an optimal combination that provides minimum losses whilst satisfying the electromagnetic, mechanical and thermal constraints.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Andre Hessling
Abstract Advanced technologies in LED's have the potential to reduce maintenance and improve aircraft safety. Aircrafts need adequate illumination for night time landing. New technology such as high-power LEDs allow for better suited light distributions, more whitish light compatible for mesopic lighting conditions and reduced glare in adverse weather conditions. LEDs and the associated electronics are more susceptible to harsh environmental conditions and this needs to be accounted for in the design of the equipment. Highly conductive metal core PCBs (MCPCB) allow for adequate cooling in a mirror telescopic optical arrangement when coupled with robust active cooling. Closed loop optical feedback of output flux ensures constant performance over the lifetime of the light unit and allows for indication of remaining useful life to the operator to plan maintenance activities. Parylene coating inhibits premature degradation of the LEDs induced by water vapor and corrosive gases.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Ephraim Suhir, Alain Bensoussan
Abstract The attributes of and challenges in the recently suggested probabilistic design for reliability (PDfR) concept, and the role of its major constituents - failure oriented accelerated testing (FOAT) and physically meaningful predictive modeling (PM) - are addressed, advanced and discussed. The emphasis is on the application of the powerful and flexible Boltzmann-Arrhenius-Zhurkov (BAZ) model, and particularly on its multi-parametric aspect. The model can be effectively used to analyze and design optoelectronic (OE) devices and systems with the predicted, quantified, assured, and, if appropriate and cost-effective, even maintained probability of failure in the field. The numerical example is carried out for an OE system subjected to the combined action of the ionizing radiation and elevated voltage as the major stimuli (stressors). The measured leakage current is used as a suitable characteristic of the degree of degradation. It is concluded that the suggested methodology can be accepted as an effective means for the evaluation of the operational reliability of the aerospace electronics and OE systems and that the next generation of qualification testing (QT) specifications and best practices for such systems could be viewed and conducted as a “quasi-FOAT,” a sort of an “initial stage of FOAT” that adequately replicates the initial non-destructive segment of the previously conducted comprehensive “full-scale” FOAT.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Vincent Metzger, Douglas Parker, Alain Philippe, Sebastien Claudot
Vanessa Pagot, Douglas Parker, Sébastien Claudot, Alain Philippe, Vincent Metzger Fiber Optics Department Esterline | Connection Technologies | SOURIAU SOURIAU – RD 323 – 72470 CHAMPAGNE - FRANCE vmetzger@souriau.com, +33 601 353 001 (Mobile) dparker@souriau.com, 1-805-312-6039 ABSTRACT: Photonics communication is becoming more dominant in aircraft, shipboard and ground army applications. In the early 90’s, Physical contact connection technology (butt-joint termini) was not foreseen as the most reliable interconnect solution for harsh environment applications subjected to contamination. Nevertheless physical contact technology has proven its high reliability once mated. The technology, with multimode fibers, is now widely used in civilian aircraft in pressured environment for over 20 years with very good return on experience. Today, the FTTx Telecom market is using singlemode fiber over long distance in mass rollouts, leading to passive optical component availability such as splitters which incredibly decreases the cost and increases the reliability level.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Rodrigo Felix, John Economou, Kevin Knowles
Upon their arrival, Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) brought with them many benefits for those involved in a military campaign. They can use such systems to reconnoitre dangerous areas, provide 24-hr aerial security surveillance for force protection purposes or even attack enemy targets all the while avoiding friendly human losses in the process. Unfortunately, these platforms also carry the inherent risk of being built on inherently vulnerable cybernetic systems. From software which can be tampered with to either steal data, damage or even outright steal the aircraft, to the data networks used for communications which can be jammed or even eavesdropped on to gain access to sensible information. All this has the potential to turn the benefits of UAS into liabilities and although the last decade has seen great advances in the development of protection and countermeasures against the described threats and beyond the risk still endures. With this in mind the present work will describe a monitoring system whose purpose is to monitor UAS mission profile implementation at both high level mission execution and at lower level software code operation to tackle the specific threats of malicious code and possible spurious commands received over the vehicle’s data links.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Prashant Vadgaonkar, Ullas Janardhan, Adishesha Sivaramasastry
Performance of Avionics systems is dictated by the timely availability and usage of critical health parameters. Various sensors are extensively used to acquire and communicate the desired parameters. In the Present day’s scenario, sensors are configured with wired approach. Number of sensors is growing due to automation, increasing the accuracy of intended Aircraft functions. Sensors are distributed all over the Aircraft and they are connected through wired network for signal processing and communicating. LRU’s which are integrating various sensors also use wired approach for communication. The Key driver for Airline operational cost is fuel. Fuel quantity is a direct function of weight. Weight of cables contributes significantly to the overall weight of the aircraft. Use of wired network approach poses challenges in terms of cable routing, stray capacitances, noise and mechanical structure. This paper describes various merits and demerits of wired sensors and their interface techniques.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Jay Wilhelm, Joseph Close, Wade Huebsch
A Hybrid Projectile (HP) is an aerial vehicle that is ballistically launched, and then transforms into an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It was desirable for a surveillance equipped HP to change its trajectory, and ultimately the point of impact, by departing from its ballistic trajectory after being launched. The exact control surface sizes, location, and actuation along with the control strategies were needed. A method was investigated to utilize deflectable control surfaces in conjunction with a guidance system to maneuver to HP to a desired point of impact while ensuring that the projectile remains statically and dynamically stable. Dual feedback control methods were devised to control heading and pitch using deflectable vertical and horizontal tail surfaces. These control methods were tested and tuned using the Six Degree of Freedom (6DoF) system in Simulink. A cruciform tail section, analyzed in previous work for a 40 mm HP, was utilized so that the HP was statically and dynamically stable.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Evan Racine, Zachary Lammers, Street Barnett, John Murphy, Quinn Leland
Electromechanical Actuation System (EMAS) faces some major technological challenges before it could be fully adopted for primary flight control of aircraft, replacing conventional hydraulic actuation system. One of the challenges is the thermal management of EMAS. The working fluid in conventional hydraulic actuation system acts as a coolant while EMAS does not have a readily available heat sink. Another technical challenge facing EMAS for primary flight control is its highly dynamic demand on aircraft electric power system. Its high peak power demand and regenerative power pose a challenge to aircraft electric power generation and distribution system. The purpose of this study is to analyze EMAS’ transient and dynamic electrical and thermal energy flow under a simulated flight envelope and thermal environment. A laboratory test apparatus was set up to evaluate and characterize the energy flow of an EMA subjected to a simulated dynamic flight control surface load and thermal environment.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Christopher Ian Hill, Chris Gerada, Paolo Giangrande, Serhiy Bozhko
This paper presents the initial development of a Modelica Library for Electro-Mechanical Actuator system analysis. At present two main system components are described, these are the Power Electronic Converter and Electric Machine, although further components will be added. These models provide the user with the ability to simulate Electric Machine and Power Electronic Converter systems including physical effects, losses and fault conditions. Established modelling programs such as Saber and MATLAB SimPowerSytems are often unable to provide all the aspects required to accurately simulate real systems in an easy to use, flexible manner. Therefore this paper shows how Modelica has been used to create versatile models able to simulate many practical aspects such as Power Electronic Converter losses and Power Electronic Converter faults, Electric Machine losses and Electric Machine faults. Examples are included in order to demonstrate the use of these models within a variety of systems including an Electro-Mechanical Actuator.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
James Borg Bartolo, Chris Gerada
Abstract A 45kW, switched reluctance type, starter-generator, having a 1:4 constant power speed range has been designed as a possible candidate for a regional jet application. In the first section of this paper, a review of the major starter-generator topologies considered for the aerospace application is provided, highlighting the advantages of choosing the Switched reluctance topology for such a safety critical application. Following this, the required torque speed characteristic of the machine, along with the imposed physical constraints, in terms of cooling and outer dimensions, are also detailed. Section III provides a description of the Electromagnetic design, and challenges encountered in meeting both the low speed, peak torque node, at 8000rpm, and the high speed, high power node, at 32000rpm. The induced mechanical stresses in the rotor at such high speeds have also been evaluated and used as a material selection criterion for such a design as presented in section III. Section IV, describes the thermal model developed to estimate the radial temperature distribution within the machine, taking into account end winding phenomena and cooling fluid constraints.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Richard Mourn
Abstract The paper provides an introduction into IEEE-1394, AS5643 and related documents. It then explores the I/O Technology Suitability Study criteria used to originally select IEEE-1394b (Beta) as the Vehicle System Data Bus for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and update each criterion with new information based on more than a decade of experience and use in not only the F-35 but several other programs. Based on the suitability study criteria, the reader gains insight into how and why programs like the F-35, which implements dozens of AS5643/IEEE-1394 devices per plane, utilize AS5643/IEEE-1394 for its vehicle system network. This unprecedented use of a high speed (491.52Mb/s) serial interface on an aircraft proves the capability of AS5643/1394, and opens the door for higher bandwidth communication between the Control Computer and remote nodes. While I/O bandwidth is important, system level deterministic behavior is required for most vehicle system networks and AS5643 coupled with 1394 provides the required deterministic behavior.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Srikanth Gururajan, Mario Luca Fravolini, Matthew Rhudy, Antonio Moschitta, Marcello Napolitano
Abstract Recent catastrophic air crashes have shown that physical redundancy is not a foolproof option for failures on Air Data Systems (ADS) on an aircraft providing airspeed measurements. Since all the redundant sensors are subjected to the same environmental conditions in flight, a failure on one sensor could occur on the other sensors under certain conditions such as extreme weather; this class of failure is known in the literature as “common mode” failure. In this paper, different approaches to the problem of detection, identification and accommodation of failures on the Air Data System (ADS) of an aircraft are evaluated. This task can be divided into component tasks of equal criticality as Sensor Failure Detection and Identification (SFDI) and Sensor Failure Accommodation (SFA). Data from flight test experiments conducted using the WVU YF-22 unmanned research aircraft are used. Analytical redundancy is provided through a least squares modeling based approach and an extended Kalman filter approach to handle the Sensor Failure Accommodation (SFA) task.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Viacheslav Pshikhopov, Mikhail Medvedev, Victor Krukhmalev, Roman Fedorenko, Boris Gurenko
The paper describes methods for control of docking of two moving stratospheric airships. One of them (cruiser) implements cruising flight at the defined altitude with defined velocity. The other one (feeder) fulfills the mission of chasing the cruiser with following docking operations. Mathematical model of exact airships are used in the work. Instances of structural and algorithmic implementation based on position-trajectory controller. Simulation of docking control were accomplished with proposed methods.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Mario Luca Fravolini, Matthew Rhudy, Srikanth Gururajan, Silvia Cascianelli, Marcello Napolitano
Abstract A measurement device that is extremely important for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) guidance and control purposes is the airspeed sensor. As the parameters of feedback control laws are conventionally scheduled as a function of airspeed, an incorrect reading (e.g. due to a sensor fault) of the Pitot-static tube could induce an incorrect feedback control action, potentially leading to the loss of control of the UAV. The objective of this study is to establish the accuracy and reliability of the two airspeed estimation techniques for eventual use as the basis for real-time fault detection of anomalies occurring on the Pitot-static tube sensor. The first approach is based on an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) and the second approach is based on Least Squares (LS) modeling. The EKF technique utilizes nonlinear kinematic relations between GPS, Inertial Measurement Unit and Air Data System signals and has the advantage of independence from knowledge of the aircraft model. The LS method is based on explicit knowledge of the aircraft model and has the advantage of on-line computation of the airspeed estimate, with minimal computational effort.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Yves C.J. Lemmens, Tuur Benoit, Rob De Roo, Jon Verbeke
Vives College University and Kulab (KU Leuven University campus Ostend) in Belgium are undertaking an aeronautical research program about the development of a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Since the UAV is completely electrically powered, the analysis of the energy management of the integrated electrical system was critical to the development of the UAV. LMS, A Siemens Business, is involved in the project to support the development of a multi-physics simulation model for electro-thermal analysis of the aircraft. This paper reports on the subsequent investigation of integrating the detailed electrical system model for a Pilot-in-the-Loop simulation. In order to perform this simulation, the model of the electrical system was converted into a real-time simulation model. The aim was to perform more realistic flight simulations to evaluate the performance of the aircraft before its first flight by taking into account the electrical system's behavior. Furthermore, the behavior of the electrical system can be directly assessed during and after the Pilot-in-the-Loop tests.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Michael Usrey, Kevin Harsh, Alexander Brand, R. Steve McKown, Alireza Behbahani
Abstract Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is pursuing development of advanced, distributed, intelligent, adaptive engine controls and engine health monitoring systems. The goals this pursuit are enhancing engine performance, safety, affordability, operability, and reliability while reducing obsolescence risk. The development of smart, high-bandwidth, high-temperature-operable, wide-range, pressure/temperature multi-sensors, which addresses these goals, is discussed. The resulting sensors and packaging can be manufactured at low cost and operate in corrosive environments, while measuring temperatures up to 2,552 °F (1,400 °C) with simultaneous pressure measurements up to 1,000 psi (68 atm). Such a sensor suite provides unprecedented monitoring of propulsion, energy generation, and industrial systems. The multi-sensor approach reduces control system weight and wiring complexity, design time, and cost, while increasing accuracy and fault tolerance. In situ pressure sensors reduce size and weight while eliminating failures associated with hypo-tube fouling.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Nicholas Ernest, Kelly Cohen, Corey Schumacher, David Casbeer
Abstract Looking forward to an autonomous Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) for future applications, it becomes apparent that on-board intelligent controllers will be necessary for these advanced systems. LETHA (Learning Enhanced Tactical Handling Algorithm) was created to develop intelligent managers for these advanced unmanned craft through the novel means of a genetic cascading fuzzy system. In this approach, a genetic algorithm creates rule bases and optimizes membership functions for multiple fuzzy logic systems, whose inputs and outputs feed into one another alongside crisp data. A simulation space referred to as HADES (Hoplological Autonomous Defend and Engage Simulation) was created in which LETHA can train the UCAVs intelligent controllers. Equipped with advanced sensors, a limited supply of Self-Defense Missiles (SDM), and a recharging Laser Weapon System (LWS), these UCAVs can navigate a pre-defined route through the mission space, counter enemy threats, and destroy mission-critical targets.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Fei Gao, Serhiy Bozhko, Greg Asher
Abstract Stability is a great concern for the Electrical Power System (EPS) in the More Electric Aircraft (MEA). It is known that tightly controlled power electronic converters and motor drives may behave as constant power loads (CPLs) which may produce oscillations and cause instability. The paper investigates the stability boundaries for dc multi-source EPS under different power sharing strategies. For each possible strategy the corresponding reduced-order models are derived. The impedance criterion is then applied to study the EPS stability margins and investigates how these margins are influenced by different parameters, such as main bus capacitance, generator/converter control dynamics, cabling arrangements etc. These results are also illustrated by the root contours of reduced-order EPS models. Theoretical results achieved in the paper are confirmed by the time-domain simulations.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Shweta Sanjeev, Goutham Selvaraj, Patrick Franks, Kaushik Rajashekara
Abstract The transition towards More Electric Aircraft (MEA) architectures has challenges relating to integration of power electronics with the starter generator system for on-engine application. To efficiently operate the power electronics in the hostile engine environment at high switching frequency and for better thermal management, use of silicon carbide (SiC) power devices for a bi-directional power converter is examined. In this paper, development of a 50 kVA bi-directional converter operating at an ambient temperature of about 2000C is presented. The design and operation of the converter with details of control algorithm implementation and cooling chamber design are also discussed.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
David Gras, Christophe Pautrel, Amir Fanaei, Gregory Thepaut, Maxime Chabert, Fabien Laplace, Gonzalo Picun
Abstract In this paper we present a set of integrated circuits specifically designed for high temperature power applications such as isolated power transistor drivers and high efficiency power supplies. The XTR26010 is the key circuit for the isolated power gate drive application. The XTR26010 circuit has been designed with a high focus in offering a robust, reliable and efficient solution for driving a large variety of high-temperature, high-voltage, and high-efficiency power transistors (SiC, GaN, Si) existing in the market. The XTR40010 is used for isolated data communication between a microcontroller or a PWM controller and the power driver (XTR26010). The isolated power transistor driver features a dual turn-on channel, a turn-off channel and a Miller Clamp channel with more than 3A peak current drive strength for each channel. The dV/dt immunity between XTR26010 and XTR40010 exceeds 50kV/μs. To demonstrate the performance and reliability at system level, a half-bridge driver test-board has been developed for driving SiC MOSFETs.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Fidele Moupfouma, Amadou Ndoye, Mohsen Jalali, William Tse
Abstract Advanced commercial aircraft increasingly use more composite or hybrid (metal and composite) materials in structural elements and, despite technological challenges to be overcome, composites remain the future of the aviation industry. Composite and hybrid aircraft today are equipped with digital systems such as fly by wire for reliable operations no matter what the flying environment is. These systems are however very sensitive to electromagnetic energy. During flight, aircraft can face High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF), static electricity, or lightning. The coupling of any of these threats with airframe structure induces electromagnetic energy that can impair the operation of avionics and navigation systems. This paper focuses on systems susceptibility in composite aircraft and concludes that the same electromagnetic rules dedicated to all metal aircraft for systems and wiring integration cannot be applied directly as such for composite aircraft.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Jennifer C. Shaw, Patrick Norman, Stuart Galloway, Graeme Burt
Abstract Radical new electrically propelled aircraft are being considered to meet strict future performance goals. One concept design proposed is a Turboelectric Distributed Propulsion (TeDP) aircraft that utilises a number of electrically driven propulsors. Such concepts place a new and significant reliance on an aircraft's electrical system for safe and efficient flight. Accordingly, in addition to providing certainty that supply reliability targets are being met, a contingency analysis, evaluating the probability of component failure within the electrical network and the impact of that failure upon the available thrust must also be undertaken for architecture designs. Solutions that meet specified thrust requirements at a minimum associated weight are desired as these will likely achieve the greatest performance against the proposed emissions targets. This paper presents a Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) based design approach for the electrical system and thrust reliability analysis of TeDP aircraft architectures.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Steven David Angus Fletcher, Patrick Norman, Stuart Galloway, Graeme Burt
Abstract The development of the More-Electric Engine (MEE) concept will see an expansion in the power levels, functionality and criticality of electrical systems within engines. However, to date, these more critical electrical systems have not been accounted for in existing engine certification standards. To begin to address this gap, this paper conducts a review of current engine certification standards in order to determine how these standards will impact on the design requirements of More-Electric Engine (MEE) electrical system architectures. The paper focuses on determining two key architectural requirements: the number of individual failures an architecture can accommodate and still remain functional and the rate at which these failures are allowed to occur. The paper concludes by discussing how the derived failure rates begin to define a set of design requirements for MEE electrical architectures, considering various operating strategies, and demonstrates their application to example MEE electrical system architecture designs.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Michael L. Zierolf, Thomas Brinson, Andrew Fleming
Abstract Recent emphasis on optimization of engine technologies with ancillary subsystems such as power and thermal management has created a need for integrated system modeling. These systems are coupled such that federated design methods may not lead to the most synergetic solution. Obtaining an optimal design is often contingent on developing an integrated model. Integrated models, however, can involve combining complex simulation platforms into a single system of systems, which can present many challenges. Model organization and configuration control become increasingly important when orchestrating various models into a single simulation. Additionally, it is important to understand such details as the interface between models and signal routing to ensure the integrated behavior is not contaminated or biased. This paper will present some key learnings for model integration to help alleviate some of the challenges with system-based modeling.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Brian C. Raczkowski, Benjamin Loop, Jason Wells, Eric Walters, Oleg Wasynczuk, Sean Field, Jason Gousy
Abstract Future more electric aircraft (MEA) architectures that improve electrical power system's (EPS's) source and load utilization will require advance stability analysis capabilities. Systems are becoming more complex with bidirectional flows from power regeneration, multiple sources per channel and higher peak to average power ratios. Unknown load profiles with large transients complicate common stability analysis techniques. Advancements in analysis are critical for providing useful feedback to the system integrator and designers of multi-source, multi-load power systems. Overall, a framework for evaluating stability with large displacement events has been developed. Within this framework, voltage transient bounds are obtained by identifying the worst case load profile. The results can be used by system designers or integrators to provide specifications or limits to suppliers. Subsystem suppliers can test and evaluate their design prior to integration and hardware development. By identifying concerns during the design phase, a more streamlined approach to hardware development can save on rework, integration delays and cost.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Yamina Boughari, Ruxandra Botez, Georges Ghazi, Florian Theel
Abstract The main goal of this flight control system is to achieve good performance with acceptable flying quality within the specified flight envelope while ensuring robustness for model variations, such as mass variation due to fuel burn. The Cessna Citation X aircraft linear model is presented for different flight conditions to cover the aircraft's flight envelope, on which a robust controller is designed using the H-infinity method optimized by two heuristic algorithms. The optimal controller was used to achieve satisfactory dynamic characteristics for the longitudinal and lateral stability control augmentation systems with respect to this aircraft's flying quality requirements. The weighting functions of the H-infinity method were optimised by using both genetic and differential evolution algorithms. The evolutionary algorithms gave very good results. This is the first time these algorithms have been used in this form to optimize H-infinity controllers on a business aircraft, respecting both flying quality requirements and robustness criteria as objective functions and avoiding the use of other computationally complicated algorithms.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Michelle Bash, Michael Boyd, Chad Miller
Abstract This paper presents the details of an engine emulation system utilized within a Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) test environment for aircraft power systems. The paper focuses on the software and hardware interfaces that enable the coupling of the engine model and the generator hardware. In particular, the rotor dynamics model that provides the critical link between the modeled dynamics of the engine and the measured dynamics of the generator is described in detail. Careful consideration for the measured torque is included since the measurement contains inertial effects as well as torsional resonances. In addition, the rotor model is equipped with the ability to apply power and speed scaling between the engine and generator. This scaling approach provides significant flexibility that can be useful when hardware resources are limited such that a direct engine-generator match is not possible or when one wants to evaluate turboshaft engine dynamics for a variety of applications and power levels.
Technical Paper
2014-09-16
Aurelie Beaugency, Marc Gatti, Didier Regis
Abstract Since 2000, avionics is facing several changes, mostly driven by technological improvements in the electronics industry and innovation requirements from aircraft manufacturers. First, it has progressively lost its technological leadership over innovation processes. Second, the explosion of the electronics consumer industry has contributed to shorten even more its technology life cycles, and promoted the use of COTS. Third, the increasing complexity of avionics systems, which integrate more and more functions, have encouraged new players to enter the market. The aim of this article is to analyze how technological changes can affect the competitiveness of avionics firms. We refer to criticality levels as a determinant of the market competitiveness. Certification processes and costs could stop new comers to bring innovations from the consumer electronics industry and protects traditional players. The study will compare three avionics systems regarding their patent dynamics since 1980: flight controls, Integrated Modular avionics and Head-Up Displays.
Book
2014-09-04
William C. Messner
Over the years, the DARPA Challenges in the United States have galvanized interest in autonomous cars, making them a real possibility in the mind of the public, but autonomous and unmanned vehicles have been increasingly employed in many roles on land, in the water, and in the air. Military applications have received a great deal of attention, with weaponized unmanned aircraft (drones) being the most prominent. However, unmanned vehicles with varying degrees of autonomy already have many civilian applications. Some of these are quite familiar (such as the Roomba autonomous vacuum cleaner), while others remain largely out of the public eye (such as autonomous farm equipment). Additional applications and more capable vehicles are rapidly coming to the markets in the years ahead. This book examines a number of economically important areas in which unmanned and autonomous vehicles, also understood here as autonomous technologies, are already used or soon will be. Co-published by SAE International and AUVSI, Autonomous Technologies: Applications That Matter will assist the reader in identifying profitable opportunities and avoiding costly misconceptions with respect to civilian applications of autonomous vehicle technologies as it brings together chapters on how air, water, and ground vehicles are becoming ever more used and appreciated.
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