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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.
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Innovative Assembly Systems for the Aerospace Industry

The aerospace industry is facing new challenges to meet burgeoning customer demand. An unprecedented number of orders for commercial aircraft is forcing aerospace manufacturing to make gains in efficiency throughout aircraft production and operation. However, current manufacturing systems are using technologies and production methods unsuited to a future dynamic market. To ensure its profitability, the aerospace industry must seize the opportunity to innovate and readdress approaches to manufacturing. This whitepaper looks at four advanced manufacturing (AM) solutions designed to improve assembly process efficiency, automation, and accuracy.
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Studies into Additive Manufacturing for In-Space Manufacturing

NASA has embarked on an ambitious program to integrate additive manufacturing techniques and to develop processes for the microgravity environment. The most recent example of this program is the successful launch and deployment of the first 3D printer on the International Space Station. In this one-year effort, students were required to meet a series of milestones to design, manufacture, and test their ideas in close cooperation with members of the NASA Exploration Augmentation Module (EAM) concept team.The participants in this project were tasked with thinking of new solutions using AM that would simultaneously be recyclable with minimal loss in mechanical properties but also have the capacity for high mechanical properties. Working in interdisciplinary teams, the participant teams investigated the use of recycled materials, characterization, testing, modeling, and tool development.
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The Use of Imaging for Powder Metal Characterization and Contamination Identification

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

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

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.
Tech Insights

Repairing Composites

As the aerospace industry continues on its quest for ever-increased efficiency, so goes the quest for ever-more composite content on aircraft. And with it, more opportunities to repair it. Typical composite panel fiber reinforcements are carbon, aramid, and fiberglass. The machining techniques for these typical composite materials are similar, but minor differences exist, such as the style of cutting tool or drill bit. Automated drilling methods that may be used during original manufacture are rarely used in typical composite repair situations.
Technical Paper

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

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

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.
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Speed adaptation system for vehicles using RF communication

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

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

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.
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Analysis of car structures in future market and necessary policy for environment based on the vehicle performance and economic aspects

Increasing CO2 emissions from vehicles is becoming a major concern in automotive society, and variety of future types of cars are intensively investigated. However it is not clear which level of performance and cost must be achieved for the future cars to be available in a market and how much percentage of cars is necessary to be replaced by the future cars for the conservation of environment. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the possibility of market growth of future cars, as hybrid cars, electric vehicles and fuel cell cars, based on the performance and economic aspects. This paper investigates the emission reduction potential of these vehicles, and also compares the composition of vehicle types and emissions for a variety of scenarios of consumer characteristics, economic growth, fuel price, performance of cars, and carbon tax control measures. A model of user preference of cars was established from the statistic analysis of past data.
Technical Paper

Structuring Neural Network Driver Model and Analyzing Its Characteristics

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

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

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.