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RFID on Aircraft Parts - Industry Initiatives, Testing Standards, and Best Practices for Storing Maintenance History Information Directly on Aircraft Parts

The aerospace industry has long sought a solution for storing maintenance history information directly on aircraft parts. In 2005 leading airframe manufacturers determined that passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology presented a unique opportunity to address this industry need. Through the efforts of the Air Transport Association (ATA) RFID on Parts Committee and SAE International testing standards and data specifications are in place to support the broad adoption of passive RFID for storing parts history information directly on aircraft parts. The primary focus of the paper will be on the SAE AS-5678 environmental testing standard for passive RFID tags intended for aircraft use. Detail will be provided to help aerospace manufacturers understand their role and responsibilities for current programs and understand how this may impact their parts certification process.

Detecting Damage and Damage Location on Large Composite Parts using RFID Technology

Probabilistic methods are used in calculating composite part design factors for, and are intended to conservatively compensate for worst case impact to composite parts used on space and aerospace vehicles. The current method to investigate impact damage of composite parts is visual based upon observation of an indentation. A more reliable and accurate determinant of impact damage is to measure impact energy. RF impact sensors can be used to gather data to establish an impact damage benchmark for deterministic design criteria that will reduce material applied to composite parts to compensate for uncertainties resulting from observed impact damage. Once the benchmark has been established, RF impact sensors will be applied to composite parts throughout their life-cycle to alert and identify the location of impact damage that exceeds the maximum established benchmark for impact.

Latest Advances in Commercial Vehicle Total Vehicle, 2010

The 31 papers in this technical paper collection detail sustainability; vehicle solutions and technologies for freight efficiency; human factors in occupant safety; machine health and conditioned based maintenance; aerodynamic and fuel economy assessment methods and techniques; and service issues.

Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Supply Chains at Risk (DVD)

"Spotlight on Design" features video interviews and case study segments, focusing on the latest technology breakthroughs. Viewers are virtually taken to labs and research centers to learn how design engineers are enhancing product performance/reliability, reducing cost, improving quality, safety or environmental impact, and achieving regulatory compliance. Just how prevalent is the problem of counterfeit electronic parts? What are the consequences of using sub-par components in safety or mission critical systems? The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that 2% of the 26 million airline parts installed each year are counterfeit, accounting for more than 520,000 units, maybe more.

Electric Park Brake Sizing

The scope of this new recommended practice should include, but not necessarily be limited to: 1. Define vehicle operating conditions used to drive MOC-EPB actuator design and selection 2. Define brake corner operating conditions (e.g. temperature and state of burnish) used to drive MOC-EPB actuator design and selection 3. Define actuator operating conditions (e.g. temperature, voltage, current limit, and state of wear) used to drive MOC-EPB actuator design and selection 4. Define methodology for addressing part to part variation in performance
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Mitigation of Engine Sub-System Noise in Two Wheeler Using Crank Angle Domain Analysis

One of the main objective of manufacturer is to achieve high productivity with low cost while increasing the customer satisfaction. With increased competition in the automotive sector the product quality is defined not only from fuel economy and durability perspective but also Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH), which plays a vital role in attracting the customers. In two wheelers, engine is dominant noise source and its quality improvement is utmost priority. Now a days, several signal processing and sensing techniques are developed for noise source identification of an engine but precise source identification can be achieved only by advanced analysis technique. This paper focuses on a procedure for noise source identification from engine sub-system viz. valve operation and its generation mechanism using crank angle domain analysis in two wheeler engine. Baseline noise measurements were carried out for critical frequency identification.

Ratcheting Wrenches, Twelve Point, High Strength, Thin Wall

This SAE Aerospace Standard (AS) covers high strength thin wall ratcheting box wrenches which possess the strength, clearances, and internal wrenching design so configured that, when mated with bihexagonal (12 point) fasteners conforming to the requirement of AS870 for inch sizes and ISO 4095 for metric sizes, they shall transmit torque to the fastener without bearing on the outer 5% of the fastener’s wrenching points. Inclusion of dimensional data in this document is not intended to imply that all products described herein are stock production sizes. Consumers are requested to consult with manufacturers concerning lists of stock production sizes. The dimensional limits of box and combination wrench lengths have been established to provide configuration control for tool storage applications.