UTC Aerospace Systems has launched a new health management system to evaluate performance of an aircraft.
The Pulse Health Monitoring System (HMS) examines overall health and performance of an aircraft in real-time, by using a remote sensor interface, diagnostic and prognostic analytics software modules, and wireless communication capability.
It is currently undergoing flight trials aboard the US Air Force's (USAF) C-5 Galaxy aircraft.
Flight tests are being conducted as part of the USAF's contract with Metis Design Corporation.
UTC Aerospace Systems Sensors & Integrated Systems, Aircraft Health Business Development manager Kevin Hawko said: "Our Pulse Health Monitoring System can be scaled up or down through the placement of modules on aircraft to accommodate a customer's needs for different sensors within mission systems and avionics.”
The Pulse HMS connects to existing Pulse Ground Stations, which provide ground analytics solutions that can be loaded onto laptops and tablets for maximum flexibility for both operators and maintenance teams.
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The system and the station together offer a suite of tools that can be used individually or collectively to measure an aircraft's performance.
The data collected can be processed on-board or transferred off-board for storage and further analytic processing, the company said.
UTC Aerospace Systems prognostics and health management systems programme chief engineer David Larsen said: "This is like monitoring systems found in modern automobiles that evaluate tire pressure, fuel consumption, oil condition, drivetrain performance or other aspects, and they provide the driver or mechanic with the necessary information to assist in keeping the vehicle well maintained.”
The company has licensed Metis' MD7-Pro structural health monitoring system to further expand its aircraft health management solutions.