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REDUCING DOWNTIME THROUGH THE USE OF PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS AND TECHNICAL TRAINING ADVANCEMENTS

2018-01-05
WP-0007
The exponential increase in the number of aircraft and air travelers has triggered new innovations aimed to make airline services more reliable and consumer friendly. Quick and efficient maintenance actions with minimum downtime are the need of the hour. Another major challenge is ensuring maintenance personnel are trained effectively; technology like augmented reality and Virtual Maintenance Trainers (VMTs) may provide safe and efficient training in lieu of live, instructor-led arrangements. And while traditional User/Maintenance Manuals provide useful information when dealing with simple machines, when dealing with complex systems of systems and miniaturized technologies, like unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), new technologies like augmented reality can rapidly and effectively support the maintenance operations.
White Paper

The Use of Imaging for Powder Metal Characterization and Contamination Identification

2018-04-05
WP-0008
As AM technologies are being used with higher frequencywithin the automotive and aerospace industries, the interest in powder characterization and contaminant identification is growing—especially for suppliers looking to gain entry into these highly regulated industries. Standards for powder materials and methods used for aerospace applications are still be developed, and regulatory agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration have been requesting that standards be developed as guidance for the industry. Methods such as CCSEM and HLS could be viable options for suppliers needing to adhere to a powder specification by demonstrating compliance. Solutions exist to integrate such methods into a production environment as exemplified by RJ Lee Group.
Tech Insights

Balance of Plant: Integrating PEM Fuel Cells into Aircraft

2017-11-13
TI-0002
While all-electric aircraft remain at the bleeding edge of the aviation industry, incorporating technologies like proton exchange membrane fuel cells into existing aircraft can result in considerable auxiliary capability with low environmental impact. However, proper consideration must be given to supporting systems to achieve a reliable balance of plant-especially when those systems interface with existing aircraft architectures. The scope of the BoP is to manage and condition the reactant flows to and from the fuel-cell module and to provide power to system components.
Solution Notes

The Right Balance for Small UAVs: Defining top-level requirements for the power

2017-12-08
SN-0003
Small tactical UAVs (SUAVs) have made their mark in military operations with their ability to gather and provide localized, real-time information. Typical uses include perimeter surveillance of remote military compounds, over-the-horizon surveillance, and remote monitoring of critical logistics routes. However, their potential to take on increased and increasingly complex missions is hampered by their limited endurance. This work explores research done under the auspices of the European Commission’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking on a fuel cell and battery hybrid energy storage system that could increase the total amount of onboard energy storage, while continuing to deliver the peak power needs of the SUAV.
Technical Paper

Turning characteristics of two-axle, four-wheel vehicle running on sandy soft terrain

2000-06-12
2000-05-0395
The objective of the research is to investigate the turning characteristics of a two-axle, four-wheel vehicle at steady-state circular turning on sandy soft terrain. The axle load, lateral force, thrust and effective tractive effort acting on the wheeled vehicle turning on soft and hard terrain were compared. It was observed that the directions of lateral force acting to the front wheel of vehicle running on soft and hard terrain are opposite. Moreover, the lateral force acting to front wheel of the case of vehicle running on soft terrain is larger than that for the case of hard terrain. However, it is found that there is only a little difference between lateral forces acting to rear wheel of vehicle running on soft and hard terrain. It was observed that the axle load of rear wheel was larger than that of front wheel running on soft terrain and the axial force-steering angle relationships of the soft and hard terrain were almost similar.
Technical Paper

Mobility and fuel economy of hybrid-driven vehicles in terrain~Results from computer simulation

2000-06-12
2000-05-0394
An important requirement for the application of hybrid drives in future terrain vehicles is their competitiveness with regard to the driving properties and the fuel economy. Therefore, a two-axle, all-wheel-driven military transport vehicle equipped with a serial hybrid propulsion system has been regarded and examined by computer simulation. The tool, used for this purpose, is the simulation program ORSIS, (Off Road Systems Interactive Simulation), which has been developed at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg. By generating a realistic surrounding area with reproducible conditions ORSIS allows an objective comparison of different vehicle types and the investigation of the influence of modified vehicle parameters. The paper presents results from computer simulations which include acceleration and braking procedures, determination of maximum drawbar pull, and the estimation of fuel consumption under realistic conditions by driving on determined routes.
Technical Paper

Relative motion estimation using radar and vision data integration

2000-06-12
2000-05-0379
A radar sensor is an essential part for forward collision warning and avoidance. The radar sensor gives information of relative distance and speed. However, some lane change situations need additional sensors for reliable estimation of relative motion. So, the authors introduce a vision system that can detect interruption by lane changing and give approximate relative distance. Vision data are used to verify radar data, and vision/radar data are used for more accurate estimation of relative motion. The authors perform a vehicle test for the verification of this algorithm.
Technical Paper

Speed adaptation system for vehicles using RF communication

2000-06-12
2000-05-0380
This paper introduces a speed adaptation system using roadside-to-vehicle RF communication. The RF transmitter transmits transmitter''s ID, speed limit, message to the drivers. The messages include occurrence of accident, freezing road, existence of gas station, or construction on the road, etc. At present, drivers identify the speed limit from speed sign board. But drivers cannot concentrate his attention continuously on finding speed sign board, so over speed takes place unintentionally. And one of current information medium to the drivers is variable message sign board (VMS) showing the present road status such as severe congestion, occurrence of accident, or heavy rain. But due to high installation cost of VMS, insufficient number of VMS units are installed on the road. So timely notification of traffic accident to the following drivers is impossible now. Our system is low cost to be installed at close intervals on the highway.
Technical Paper

Development of mayday system

2000-06-12
2000-05-0381
In the event of an emergency situation or a roadside trouble, drivers need rapid help. But, in many cases, it takes too much time to get help, and it even results in a more fatal situation. Rapid response to run-off-the-road and other accidents can help reduce the number of resulting deaths. In many countries, mayday service was developed and commercialized to provide a call and dispatching service in an emergency situation. Daewoo Motor is developing a DreamNet™ system which uses technologies for real-time emergency call and dispatching. The DreamNet™ system is composed mainly of in-vehicle unit, communications system and DreamNet™ service center. The system can be operated by user''s request and also be activated by an external event such as accident, emergency and theft of the vehicle. It transmits the location and type of distress information of the vehicle to the DreamNet™ service center.
Technical Paper

A Modeling of the Heart Rate Variability to Estimate Mental Work Load of Driver

2000-06-12
2000-05-0375
When we evaluate the human-machine-environment systems, it is very important to consider not only the performance of the machine system but also the Mental Work Load (MWL) for the operator. Because human being have a high adaptability to their surroundings. Therefore, we constructed the dynamic model of the human-machine-environment system using the Heart Rate Variability.
Technical Paper

Structuring Neural Network Driver Model and Analyzing Its Characteristics

2000-06-12
2000-05-0376
Using the results of lane-change tests performed on a driving simulator, driver models were developed by means of a neural-network system. Several kinds of driver visual information were used as input data for structure of the neural network, and the steering angle was employed as learning information. A series of simulations employing the trained neural network was conducted to determine the allowable ranges of initial vehicle position, velocity, stability factor, and other variables for successful lane-change maneuvers and for stable running against side winds.
Technical Paper

Driver → vehicle behavior → intelligent vehicle

2000-06-12
2000-05-0377
In this article, the authors try to get their own contribution for solving any actual problems in vehicle stability and handling framework. It used submodeling techniques for entire dynamic mechanical system. Fuzzy modeling is used for one realistic description of dynamic mechanical system represented by vehicle. It applied one solving algorithm of fuzzy relational equations, having genetics algorithm support technique. Finally, it construct one neural network will be fast learning from relations equations solutions. The online work is required approximate equal with driver behavior.
Technical Paper

Offset paraboloidal reflector antenna for millimeter-wave radar

2000-06-12
2000-05-0378
Vehicular collision avoidance radar systems using millimeter-wave have been developed in recent years. Because of their simple structures, a microstrip antenna or a lens antenna is often used as the radar antenna. However, the antenna efficiencies of these antennas are low, in general. Therefore, the types of antenna that have small antenna aperture are difficult to obtain high antenna gains. In addition, it is difficult to radiate many beams at narrow beam intervals with a lens antenna. We developed an offset paraboloidal reflector antenna (the OP antenna) for the vehicular collision avoidance radar. This antenna consists of one pyramidal horn antenna and one offset paraboloidal reflector. They pyramidal horn and the radio frequency unit (the RF unit) of the radar are fixed in the radar head. To scan the beam, only the reflector is rotated. Using a reflector-rotating mechanism, the OP antenna can radiate many beams toward different directions.
Technical Paper

ADM A NEW DRIVE-TRAIN MANAGEMENT

2000-06-12
2000-05-0389
The new drive-train system Automatic Drive-Train Management (ADM) controls all traction systems present in a vehicle. Applications include the all wheel drive feature in transfer cases and differential locks in axles. Compared to manually operated or automated traction control systems ADM has the advantage of transferring 100 percent of the torque automatically. The range of application for the ADM system would be a 4×2 truck tractor to a 6×6 off-road vehicle. A key feature of the ADM system is the synchronized engagement of gears in a two-speed transfer case while the vehicle is moving.
Technical Paper

Development of a Semi-Active Suspension for a 6×6 Combat Support Vehicle.

2000-06-12
2000-05-0390
In this paper, the development of a full vehicle semi-active suspension controller for a 6×6 CSV (combat support vehicle) is described. The controller uses linear optimal control theory to generate the control gains with the overall aim of reducing ride acceleration and hence maximising cross country speed. A vehicle model is developed to predict ride comfort improvements and, in particular, determine the effect that a roll acceleration weighting factor has on the overall vehicle performance. Subsequently, limited state feedback strategies are evaluated to determine the most effective method of implementation on a real vehicle.
Technical Paper

The role of government in the change from national to supranational legislation

2000-06-12
2000-05-0384
As a result of the modification of the 58th Geneva Agreement in 1995, which invited non-European countries to join the Agreement, a process of harmonization of the compulsory-compliance standards in the automobile sector is taking place, to the detriment of the particular laws of each country. The number of countries involved in this process grows year by year. At the moment, governments must make new legislation reconcile the interest of their countries, derived from their particular problems, with the interest of all the other countries involved. This process entails long negotiations, due to the existence of sometimes conflicting interest, defended by the different governments and manufacturers and consumers organizations.
Technical Paper

A study of the technology development process for automotive sensors

2000-06-12
2000-05-0385
An automotive sensor development process is discussed in this paper from the viewpoint of whether it is suitable for achieving new sensors having technological competitiveness. A concrete example of the application of this development process to automotive sensors is presented to demonstrate that it produces technologically competitive sensors. In the first section, a general process is proposed for automotive sensor development. The fundamental concepts underlying this process are summarized below. 1. An analysis of the object to be measured is the starting point for sensor development. This analysis is carried out from four perspectives: (1) the measurement of phenomena for which an electronic system is technologically advantageous; (2) the mechanism of the object to be measured; (3) the characteristic behavior of the object; and (4) the special features of the object. And 2.
Technical Paper

Expressway speed limits: Germany is right, ECMT is tragically wrong

2000-06-12
2000-05-0362
Three years of research, and two papers, showing a strong correspondence between traffic fatality rates and the business cycle, have proven that, alcohol aside, the fundamental cause of traffic accidents is the mentally distracted driver. This paper is in four parts. A quick review of the discovery/development of the Driver''s Economic Distraction Indicator (DEDI - SAE 970280 on European expressways in the ''70s) and its application to all traffic fatalities in countries around the world (in F98S565). The DEDI is then updated to the ''90s while exploring: a) the use of M2 (as recommended by the American economist, Dr. Milton Friedman) instead of M1; b) OECD''S new Composite Leading Indicators; and c) the use of a locally available leading economic indicator (i.e., new vehicle sales) to give an early warning of a rise in local traffic accidents.
Technical Paper

A forward collision warning an avoidance algorithm

2000-06-12
2000-05-0366
The number of automobiles is rapidly increasing, as are the importance of the car as a way of transportation, and the variety of its uses. In these environments, a safety, one of the primary factors, which must be considered in automotive engineering, demands a system that aids the driver''s perception, in addition to the existing passive method, which relies on just man''s ability. In this point of view, development of the promoted system that complements the passive safety devices is demanded. A system like this should make driving safe and satisfy the need for comfort, while decreasing the driver''s burden and fatigue. The object of this paper is the development of an algorithm that warns the collision ahead and avoids this situation, using some information about the host-car, target-car, surroundings, road conditions, etc. The warning system is developed using a decision algorithm of the degree of safety. To show the validity system based on our safety algorithm.
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