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Guide to Limited Engine Monitoring Systems for Aircraft Gas Turbine Engines
- Aerospace Standard
Published November 29, 2016 by SAE International in United States
This Aerospace Information Report (AIR) describes a Limited Engine Monitoring System that can be used by the flight crew or the maintenance staff, or both, to monitor the health of gas turbine engines in aircraft. This AIR considers monitoring of gas path performance and mechanical parameters, and systems such as low cycle fatigue counters and engine history recorders. It also considers typical measurement system accuracies and their impact. This AIR is intended as a technical guide. It is not intended to be used as a legal document or standard. AIR 1873 supplements ARP 1587, Aircraft Gas Turbine Engine Monitoring System Guide.
The Aerospace Information Report (AIR) has been superseded by a completely new document, ARP5120, which provides guidance on how to develop and implement an integrated end-to-end health management system for gas turbine engine applications. The original AIR1873A information was updated and transformed into ARP5120. SAE ARP5120 consolidates SAE AIR1873, 4061B, 4175A, and 5120 into one document per the direction of the SAE E32 committee.
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BackgroundEngine condition monitoring and rotorcraft HUMS(Health and Usage Monitoring Systems)can be used as a tool to track and restore engine performance, improve problem diagnosis, suggest solutions, promote better commercial and military aircraft operation, minimize in-flight failures, and reduce costs of engine maintenance. Because of these and other continuing objectives, the need for consolidated action by a group of experts to promote engine monitoring and rotorcraft conditio monitoring know-how and standards was identified. It was deemed appropriate by the SAE Propulsion Division to assign this task to a special committee designated as Committee E-32. The committee has existed for over 20 years and has 50 active members. Purpose / Charter Serves as a forum to gather, record, and publish expert information in the discipline of aircraft and helicopter engine condition monitoring and rotorcraft HUMS. The committee gathers and analyzes requirements for propulsion system monitoring for the various types of aircraft gas turbines and rotorcraft HUMS and develop standards and recommendations for the adoption of engine monitoring devices that affect the operation of gas turbine engines and rotorcraft. Objectives Identify potential engine and rotorcraft HUMS parameters suitable for sensing (pressure, temperature, etc.), and considerations involved in selecting parameters (potential problems, accuracy, cost, etc.). Analyze the various approaches to engine monitoring (e.g. airborne vibration monitoring systems and ground software interfaces, etc.) and establish criteria for the most cost-effective systems. Develop as appropriate, standards on engine and rotorcraft HUMS monitoring equipment and techniques, e.g. configuration of engine fittings for sensor connections, types of sensors, identification of signals which should be let to common diagnostic connectors, etc. Develop new requirements and uses for engine and rotorcraft HUS monitoring to promote cost-effective operation of aircraft. Sponsor technical conferences related to monitoring of air breathing engines and rotorcraft HUMS.