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3 Critical Applications of Embedded Sensors on Modern Aircraft

By CIOReview | Monday, December 23, 2019
Modern aircraft systems involve multidisciplinary engineering. For instance, modern aircraft systems include expertise from computer science, aeronautics, electronics, mechanical as well as electromechanical. Thus, it isn't very easy to operate such a complex mix of an integrated system. Commercial aircraft travel thousands of miles each day while military aircraft undergo continuous and rigorous operations during war trials. Thus, periodic maintenance and aircraft health monitoring might be compromised in case of busy flying schedules.

Moreover, the breakdown maintenance of aircraft components requires cost, time, as well as manpower. However, embedded smart sensors can effectively contribute to the online health monitoring of such complex aircraft systems. The following ways talk about how the internet of things (IoT) and embedded smart sensors are transforming modern aircraft systems.

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The technology employs a fiber optic sensing system (FOSS) for aerospace monitoring systems. FOSS also represents a breakthrough in sensing technology. The technology enables thousands of sensors to be placed at quarter-inch intervals for comprehensive imaging outcomes. FOSS utilizes embedded sensors for real-time, data-driven algorithms for processing massive data sets.

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Manufacturing efficiency in the aerospace industry is also enjoying a major boost to industrial IoT and the advancements in embedded sensors. The effectiveness of the enhancements of designs and software in the embedded systems are contributing to the manufacturing sphere in aerospace. Network sensing capability enables the manufacturers to integrate heterogeneous systems for sensing and data processing. The technology is also used to improve the performance of various embedded sensors, actuators as well as component networks.

Aircraft Health Monitoring

Commercial aircraft produce massive structural as well as system health-monitoring data. The data thus produced offers a massive opportunity for predictive inspections as well as repairs. The short-to-medium term goal is to automatically spot all kinds of structural damage resulting from corrosion, fatigue, or accident during regular maintenance schedules of the aircraft. Further, such advanced means of aircraft inspection will save a significant amount of time as well as human resources.

Embedded sensors are modernizing the aerospace industry by offering optimized data collection and monitoring capabilities.