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NAL and ADE develop Structural Health Monitoring technology Print E-mail
Written by James   
Monday, 01 November 2010
Bangalore: A new technology called the Structural Health Monitoring has been developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) & National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) for the monitoring of structural health parameters while an aircraft is in flight.

This break through enables the structural health of aeronautical structures to be monitored, so that online health can be monitored and corrective action for the flight can be taken.  This enables the aircraft to be flown without unnecessarily grounding them.

It will avoid unnecessary grounding of aircraft for inspection. Such a monitoring can be used for LCA, MCA, FGFA and other UAVs. Such techniques are going to be extensively used in the future in order to cut down the operation costs of the aircraft and can also lead to reduction in airfares.   Such techniques can prevent ensuing danger of the flights by pre-warning the occurance of failure.

Analysis algorithms have been developed to predict onset of failures which would be perfected using the data obtained through today’s flight.  Usage of such techniques will avoid periodic grounding of the aircraft and make the maintenance schedules to be more like “on condition maintenance”, the condition being detected even before the failure occurs.

ADE has conducted Nishant trials (N15-32) on 28.10.2010 at Kolar Airfield in which this technology break through has been achieved.

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