Design & Run-Time Information Exchange for Health-Ready Components
This Aerospace & Automotive Recommended Practice offers best practices and a methodology by which IVHM functionality relating to components and subsystems should be integrated into vehicle or platform level applications. The intent of the document is to provide practitioners with a structured methodology for specifying, characterizing and exposing the inherent IVHM functionality of a component or subsystem using a common functional reference model, i.e., through the exchange of design-time data and the application of standard vehicle data communications interfaces. This document includes best practices and guidance related to the specification of the information that must be exchanged between the functional layers in the IVHM system or between lower-level components/subsystems and the higher-level control system to enable health monitoring and tracking of system degradation severity. The intent is to provide an IVHM system that can robustly report the degradation of a given component before it reaches the point where it goes outside its operational performance envelope by providing sufficient advance notice to deal with the issue. This document does not specify or address how each layer in the IVHM system produces or uses the data available for exchange.
Rationale: This Aerospace & Automotive Recommended Practice was created to help reduce existing barriers to the successful implementation of Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology into the aerospace and automotive sectors by introducing health-ready components. The principal motivation for health-ready components is to facilitate enhanced IVHM functionality in supplier-provided components that meet the needs of end users and government regulators in a cost-effective manner. Underlying this motivation is the assumption that market forces will drive the need to achieve IVHM’s benefits, which will in turn drive new requirements that suppliers must ultimately meet. This recommended practice has two primary objectives: (1) to encourage the introduction of a much greater degree of IVHM functionality in future vehicles at a much lower cost, and (2) to address legitimate intellectual property concerns by providing recommended IVHM design-time data specification and exchange alternatives in an effort to help unlock the potential of IVHM.