Ecosystem of Intelligent Self-Organising Sensor Nodes for Helicopter Health Monitoring

IVHM–Evolve brings together a project team of four partners, led by Helitune Limited. This ATI-approved £2.5m project builds on the existing Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) project by creating an environment in which monitoring systems can learn and adapt to the health of the components being monitored. The technologies developed through the project will also contribute to reduced cost and installation impact, while extending the reach of IVHM to previously inaccessible components.

A more sophisticated and advanced IVHM system will see the process of measuring helicopter health evolve and move into a new era, where on-board monitoring systems begin to think and respond more like humans; to take the right action, at the right time, and in the right area.

The project will also aim to provide additional benefits: advancing the core technologies required to create competitive advantage for UK IVHM supply chain and provide a clear differentiator for future UK helicopter sales. Use of intelligent, self-organising sensor nodes that can adapt and prioritise the system around the current health of the aircraft – focusing acquisition and processing where anomalies exist, as well as tuning data rates and feature extraction algorithms, will significantly enhance the effectiveness and reliability of health monitoring techniques. The resulting diagnostics will permit enhanced decision-making, enabling meaningful and timely maintenance actions.

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Short Title: IVHM-EVOLVE
Project Number: 101796
Project Cost: £2,580,711
End Date: 31st Jan 2018
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: Helitune Limited
Attributes: Cost, Operational Needs & Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft