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"Fly-by-Wireless Improves Safety and Reduces
Cost" - International Aerospace Consortium
Initiative Unveiled
PR Newswire
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 13, 2012
FARNBOROUGH,
England
,
July 13, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Following NASA partnership, CANEUS (
Canada
-Europe-US-Asia) Aerospace
network and key aerospace stakeholders are teaming up to develop less-wire
and fly-by-wireless (FBW) capabilities. The partnership projects to reduce
aggregate wire weight by approximately 10%-30% overall and 70%-90% for
critical components, contributing to improved fuel economy, reduced emissions
and potential failure points, and improved operational performance.
Industry vision is
to create world class FBW research, testing and
certification capability
, which will benefit the Aerospace industry worldwide
for
Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM)
applications for both
new and sustainment of legacy aircrafts & UAV's.
Stakeholders include LMCO, BAE Systems, Airbus, Boeing, Embraer,
Bombardier, GE, Gulfstream, Goodrich Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce,
NASA, and US DoD. CANEUS is discussing with Governments and industry
customers
to establish such facility in
Canada
. The consortium is
scheduled to meet on
August 27-28, 2012
, in
Ottawa
to formulate international
public-private partnership.
Improved Safety and Reduced Costs
Wiring, connector problems and sensors are key failure points, resulting in
lengthy delays, troubleshooting, and replacement. Costly flight delays are
precipitated by the need to troubleshoot cables/connections, and/or repair
sensors. Thus, wiring continues to be too expensive to remove once it is
installed, even with the weight penalties.
Breakthroughs
New technology options using sensors potentially for data connectivity and
micro/nano technologies are making it possible to retrofit existing vehicles,
such as large commercial fleets and already designed models that will enter
the commercial market.
Implications for Emerging Markets:
Environmental and Economic
Impact
As the number of aircrafts in operation and flights will increase in emerging
markets of
Asia
,
Middle East
and
Africa
, maintenance costs are one of the
primary drivers of airlines. With many of these aircrafts having upwards of
30,000 connectors and tens of thousands of wires that must be routinely
checked.
For example, the Airbus A380 contains 530km of wire for 525 seats and
produces 75g of CO2 per passenger kilometer. In the cabin there are over
100,000 wires and more than 40,000 connectors creating limitless potential
points of failure and areas to inspect and maintain.
CANEUS FBW partner Bombardier found use of 'fly by wire' systems reduced
average load by roughly 600 pounds per plane, improved systems integration,
reduced aggregate weight by roughly 1000 pounds, and composite wiring and
connectors weight by 120 pounds .
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