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Statistical Process Control combined with a digital datalake usage is a scalable & automatisable mean to help for civil aircraft production rate increase

Project Management-Bernard Pierre RIBERE
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1881
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Aeronautical Industry faces several key challenges as far as the transport of passengers requires more and more vehicles every year. In the area of air transport, civil aircraft deliveries and in service availability have reached in the past year numbers which were not expected at the moment when the production and support industry were built. Talking about manufacturing of civil aircrafts, it is then needed to think about adapting the currently existing systems to be able to cope with the challenges as far as rate of production and recurring costs are concerned. Airbus plans to regularly, on a smooth mode, accelerate its production system to fulfil market’s expectations, securing in the same time both the safety and the quality of our aircrafts. On another hand, the digital revolution which is in application within Airbus provides with solutions of data storage, sorting and analysis, with purpose of contributing in a more adequate usage of information that each and every aircraft that Airbus manufactures may carry with himself, whatever during its manufacturing as well as its in…

Intelligent Real Time Inspection of Rivet Quality supported by Human-Robot-Collaboration

PIKON Deutschland AG-Benjamin Duppe, Albert Schulz
ZeMA gGmbH-Rainer Mueller, Matthias Vette, Tobias Masiak
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1886
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Aircraft production is facing various technical challenges, such as large product dimensions, complex joining processes and the organization of assembly tasks. Meeting the requirements that come with large dimensions, low tolerances and small batch sizes, in combination with complex joining processes, automation and labour-intensive inspection task, is often difficult to achieve in an economically viable way. ZeMA believes that a semi-automated approach is the most effective for optimizing aircraft section assembly. An effective optimization of aircraft production can be achieved with a semi-automated riveting process for solid rivets using Human-Robot-Collaboration in combination with an intuitive Human-Machine-Interaction operating concept. While using dynamic task sharing between human and robot based on their skills, and considering ergonomics, the determined ideal solution involves placing a robot inside the section barrel. The robot’s workspace is expanded by mounting it on top of a lifting unit so that it can properly position the anvil. In the meantime, the human performs the more complex tasks of inserting the solid rivets and operating the riveting hammer from the outside of the section barrel.…

Flight Optimization Model on Global and Interval Ranges for Conceptual Studies of MEA Systems

Akita University-Yotsugi Shibuya
IHI Corporation-Hitoshi Oyori, Hirotaka Sugawara, Naoki Seki
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1906
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
In development of more electric aircraft applications, it is important to discuss aircraft energy management on various level of aircraft operation. This paper presents a computationally efficient optimization model for evaluating flight efficiency on global and interval flight ranges. The model is described as an optimal control problem with an objective functional subjected to state condition and control input constraints along a flight path range. A flight model consists of aircraft point-mass equations of motion including engine and aerodynamic models. The engine model generates the engine thrust and fuel consumption rate for operation condition and the aerodynamic model generates the drag force and lift force of an aircraft for flight conditions. These models is identified by data taken from a published literature as an example. First, approximate optimization process is performed for climb, cruise, decent and approach as each interval range path. Next, optimization for global range path involves whole flight path to find optimal operation condition in the flight. In aircraft energy management, fuel consumption converts into not only thrust power, but power of…

Overcoming Challenges in Connected Autonomous Vehicles Development: Open Source Vehicular Data Analytics Platform

CUCEK under CUSAT Kochi Kerala, INDIA-Shreya KRISHNA
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1914
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
Data Science and Machine Learning are buzzwords in our everyday lives, as is evident from its applications, such as voice recognition features in vehicles and on cell phones, automatic facial and traffic sign recognition, etc. Analyzing big data on the basis of internet searches, pattern recognition, and learning algorithms, provides deep understanding of the behaviour of processes, systems, nature, and ultimately the people. The already implementable idea of autonomous driving is nearly a reality for many drivers today with the aid of “lane keeping assistance” and “adaptive cruise control systems” in the vehicle. The drift towards connected, autonomous, and artificially intelligent systems that constantly learns from big data and is able to make best-suited decisions, is progressing in ways that is fundamental to the growth of automotive industry. The paper envisages the future of connected and- autonomous-vehicles (CAVs) as computers-on-wheels. These are pictured as sophisticated systems with sensors on board as data sources and a lot of other functions and running services to support autonomous-driving. These services are considered to be computationally expensive. The unit…

Analysis of a Coupling System of Aircraft Environmental Control and Fuel Tank Inerting Based on Membrane Separation

Beihang University-Weixing Yuan, Jiaqi Hou
CAPDI-Yan zheng
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-01-1895
To be published on 2019-09-16 by SAE International in United States
This paper raises a coupling system of aircraft environmental control and fuel tank inerting based on membrane separation. The system applies a membrane dehumidifier to replace water vapor removal unit of heat regenerator, condenser and water separator, which is widely used in conventional aircraft environmental control system nowadays. Water vapor can travel across the membrane wall under its pressure difference without phase change, so the dehumidification process consumes no cooling capacity and the cooling capacity of the system increases. This paper first compares the thermodynamic properties of environmental control system based on membrane dehumidification and the environmental control system based on condensation. The results show that the membrane dehumidification system has bigger cooling capacity and lighter weight. For a given cooling capacity requirement of a certain aircraft, the membrane dehumidification system can use less bleed air since the temperature of the outlet air is lower. Nowadays, the fuel tanking inerting system also uses an air separation module to produce nitrogen enriched air based on membrane separation. After the air is dehumidified in membrane environmental control…

A Smart Icing Detection System for Any Location on the Outer Aircraft Surface

Airborne Technologies-Thomas Unger
Eologix Sensor Technology GmbH-Thomas Schlegl, Michael Moser
Published 2019-06-10 by SAE International in United States
Given approximately one million small and light aircraft in operation worldwide, icing detection and icing quantification of in-flight icing are still an open research topic. Despite technical means are available to de-ice on ground, there is a lack of a suitable control system based on sensor data to de-ice while the aircraft is airborne. Most often, it is still task of the pilot to visually inspect the icing status of the airfoil and/or other critical parts of the aircraft such as engine air intakes, which distracts the flight crew from flying the aircraft especially in IMC conditions. Based on preliminary simulation and tests in 2014 in a collaborative research project lasting from 2015 until 2018, the technology of energy self-sustaining, wireless, self-adhesive smart sensors for industrial sensing in an aerodynamically critical environment (i.e. wind turbines) was further investigated to fulfil general aviation requirements. Prototype hardware setups have been designed and built for application on aircraft. In test flights carried out in Scotland in late 2017, the functionality of the system could be demonstrated. It could…
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Snowmobile Throttle Control Systems

Snowmobile Technical Committee
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • J92_201906
  • Current
Published 2019-06-06 by SAE International in United States

This SAE Recommended Practice is intended to provide the minimum acceptable criteria for snowmobile hand throttle control systems. This recommendation is not intended to cover competition vehicles, nor is it intended to limit development of new and/or improved technology in controls. Although these recommendations are primarily addressed to hand-control systems using an outer flexible conduit with a multiple strand inner cable, the basic requirements of freedom of movement, strength, material, etc., will apply to any system.


Multi-Physics and CFD Analysis of an Enclosed Coaxial Carbon Nanotube Speaker for Automotive Exhaust Noise Cancellation

Michigan Technological University-Suraj Madhav Prabhu, Andrew Barnard, Steven Senczyszyn
Published 2019-06-05 by SAE International in United States
Automotive exhaust noise is one of the major sources of noise pollution and it is controlled by passive control system (mufflers) and active control system (loudspeakers and active control algorithm). Mufflers are heavy, bulky and large in size while loudspeakers have a working temperature limitation. Carbon nanotube (CNT) speakers generate sound due to the thermoacoustic effect. CNT speakers are also lightweight, flexible, have acoustic and light transparency as well as high operating temperature. These properties make them ideal to overcome the limitations of the current exhaust noise control systems. An enclosed, coaxial CNT speaker is designed for exhaust noise cancellation application. The development of a 3D multi-physics (coupling of electrical, thermal and acoustical domains) model, for the coaxial speaker is discussed in this paper. The model is used to simulate the sound pressure level, input power versus ambient temperature and efficiency. The 3D model provides accurate results of the temperature profile and heat flow as compared to a 2D model. Also, the flow of exhaust gases can be efficiently modeled using a 3D model. The…
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Performance Testing and Analysis of Multi-Channel Active Control System for Vehicle Interior Noise Using Adaptive Notch Filter

Tongji University-Lijun Zhang, Xiyu Zhang, Dejian Meng
Published 2019-06-05 by SAE International in United States
It is considered that slow convergence speed and large calculation amount of commonly used adaptive algorithm in the active control system for vehicle interior noise yield noise reduction performance and hardware requirements problems. In this paper, a 4-channel active control of vehicle interior noise based on adaptive notch filter is established, and road test is carried out to test and analyze the performance of the control system. Firstly, the general mathematic model of the multi-channel active control system based on adaptive notch filter is established. The computational complexity of the algorithm is analyzed and compared with that of the FXLMS algorithm. Secondly, a hardware-in-the-loop test bench based on multi-channel adaptive notch filter is set up, to measure the noise reduction performance of ANC system under various working conditions. Finally, the typical test conditions are designed to test the system noise reduction performance, and the road test is carried out and result is analyzed.
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Getting driverless trucks onto roadways

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: June 2019

based on exclusive interview with TuSimple's Chuck Price-Terry Costlow
  • Magazine Article
  • 19TOFHP06_03
Published 2019-06-01 by SAE International in United States

Autonomous developers at TuSimple address many technical issues, but they also must consider regulations and operating modes.

The developers who are creating autonomous systems have plenty of complex technical questions that must be analyzed and solved, but their challenges don't stop there. Design teams also have to plan for the use cases of driverless vehicles, even going so far as to plan for what might happen if the vehicle has to sacrifice itself to avoid a serious accident.

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