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Remote and Non-Invasive Monitoring of Aircraft Wiring

Gordon McKenzie, Paul Record
The project is one of a number initiated by Ultra Electronics, that seeks to provide better monitoring of the wiring on military aircraft ... [read more]

The project is one of a number initiated by Ultra Electronics, that seeks to provide better monitoring of the wiring on military aircraft. The other related projects focus on areas such as mechanical testing of the wiring, and methods of transferring data back form remote devices to a base unit. This project however has sought to develop a device that monitors electrically what is going on, in real time. The need to measure in real time is an important issue, as most current testing is performed after the flight is complete with the aircraft on the ground, and in such circumstances it has often proved difficult to recreate the conditions under which the fault was initially observed; with no way to reliably recreate the fault, it is difficult or impossible to correct it. Monitoring the electrical performance by means of measuring the fundamental electrical quantities at various parts of the wiring system should allow the collection of more useful information, relating to the nature and position of faults that develop while in flight.