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by Matthew Monaghan

he aerospace industry is facing numerous challenges moving forward, most notably increasingly complex and competitive programs with competitors from different regions of the world, and the growing shortfall in terms of the number of skilled professionals working in the industry, with as much as 40% of the workforce becoming eligible for retirement within the next three years. We looked at these and said, how can we impact positively these challenges? said Michel Tellier, Vice

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design, advanced design, preliminary design where you make the promise, decide on the technologies, decide on your partners, where fundamentally you stipulate what youre going to do. This is an area thats been historically underserved. According to a 2011 Roland Berger study, 70% of cost decisions made during a programs concept and preliminary design phase impact 80% of the total life cycle cost. Many of these decisions have historically fallen on the shoulders of a select group of experts within an organization who relied on their knowledge and years of experience. While effective overall, this approach was not institutionalized and suffered in terms of collaboration among various departments. Fundamentally, the shift thats happening demographically within the industry is important because now is the time to urgently capture that knowledge and experience and furthermore boost the ability of these teams to collaborate, Tellier said in an interview with Aerospace Engineering. We have the technology in the V6 Experience platform to do systems-based design, Tellier said. We have the technology through our nonlinear solvers and our optimizers to generate and produce massive amounts of iterations automatically. We have the technology to be able to take a functionally architectured product and run it through use cases or flight scenarios or flight envelopes and understand what its behavior is going to be. We have the capability so that as youre planning your program, youre not just writing it down on a sheet of paper, youre

Michel Tellier (left), Vice President, Industry Solutions, Aerospace and Defense, Dassault Systmes, and Brian Christensen, Solution Experience Leader for Winning Program, at the 3DExperience Forum on Nov. 6 in Orlando, FL. (Matthew Monaghan)

President, Industry Solutions, Aerospace and Defense, Dassault Systmes (DS), at the companys recent 3DExperience Forum in Orlando, FL. The area where we have the greatest opportunity to impact these was actually in the early stages of the programconceptual

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implementing it into the same system so that every decision you make you can see what impact that decision is going to have on your schedule, cost, resources, and skills downstream. This capability has been dubbed Winning Program, the first DS industry solution experience, which enables aerospace and defense companies to configure the right concept for their customers and recognize from the earliest stages of the program that it can be delivered on budget and on time. Were providing a platform that allows you to permit your architects to design the concept in an interrelated collaborative platform that brings those concepts together, so that the person working one system and the person working another system are all defining in the same spacean expert platform for these experts, Tellier said. That platform can then be exercised in terms of all the different flight scenarios, use cases, operational conditions, and circumstances

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requirements of the business or request for proposal (RFP), technically feasible, and competitively priced. At the end of the day, this is where you make the promise; this is where you either win or lose, Tellier said. For any supplier, they get down selected or not. Their lifeblood is winning these programs. Winning today is about providing a promise or proposal that delivers the most value. You now have to provide proof that you can actually deliver on what you commit. With the Winning Program 3DExperience solution, users have access to full-program data, enhanced trade studies management, and the ability to define and manage proposed system configurations. Full analysis history can also be reused for future studies, and all program and proposal data can later be accessed. Winning Programs component management

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need to do, when they need to do it, and what are their dependencies and what are the deliveries that they need to create, said Brian Christensen, Solution Experience Leader for Winning Program. We use a task-management system where we assign the tasks for everyone to do, therefore they know what theyre expected to do. This has a very valuable input into this process because many of these people are moving in and out of jobs, retiring, so its very important to have a controlled environment to know what needs to be done, when it needs to be done. As a result of this approach, problems can be pinpointed at any point in the development cycle and the root cause can be identified.

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in terms of test scenarios at this behavioral mockup, and that allows us to drive a massive amount of maturity into the design very early on. This ability to simulate multiple aspects provides the ability to simulate complex operations. For example, a virtual/physical model of an advanced design can be run against all of the flight conditions for landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier.
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All of the program shifts for the personnel on an aircraft carrier can be implemented into the model.

What we were looking at was an integrated or competing set of requirements, Christensen said. We used a system model and simulated what it would be like to take off from an aircraft carrier. That generated our load models or the forces that we would have to experience. We then directly fed that into our analysis model, our FEA model, to see what stresses are to be experienced on the landing gear in those conditions. Typically, you would do some manual iterations to try to find the best one. Unfortunately, in todays world you need thousands of iterations, so we use

our iSight capability to connect directly those two simulations and iterate through thousands of options resulting in an optimal design for the landing gear. This can be used to illustrate not just what a vehicle can do in the context of its own design state but also in the customers design state, incorporating personnel shifts as well as electronics, communication, control, and command forces. Fundamentally, this is the ability to not just demonstrate to your customer that youve understood their operating environment and youve validated your


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design in their environment; its also the opportunity to use this as a design link to drive the optimization of design for operations as well, Tellier said. This capability also provides significant benefits in the space and defense industries. In space, you dont really design for mass-producibility, you design for the thing to survive in the environments its subjected to, and you cant simulate those environments on Earth, Tellier said. All these systems have to be validated interconnectedly because thats where the issues occur. [Winning Program] allows them to conceptually do all this integration and then validate it, which they need to do. The defense world is getting much more competitive, so being able to demonstrate that you have a viable program is the most important thing. Its not so much about the product that youre proposing to do on its own, its how well it integrates

into their infrastructure and that you can prove that you can get it done. Being able to efficiently conceptualize a design and then move it downstream is a huge value.

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Vortex rocket engine reaps the whirlwind

The inner surfaces of rocket engines can be subjected to extremely high heat. Temperatures as high as 3227C can result from the powerful, thrustgenerating exothermal reaction between fuel and oxidizer, which runs hot enough to melt or damage the walls of the combustion chamber. Thats why the cores of hot-running rocket engines are made of temperature-resistant materials that often incorporate networks of cooling passages. In these engine designs, vein-like ducts run with low-temperature (sometimes cryogenic) liquid propellants to carry off the heat and thus maintain structural integrity despite the violent conflagration just adjacent. Rocket scientists and engineers at a small space-tech company in Madison, WI, think that they have developed a better way to burn rocket fuel. Orbital Technologies (Orbitec) has developed a system that keeps the hot burning gases away from the chamber walls. Orbitecs vortex-cooled liquid engines inject liquid oxygen into the combustion chamber in such a way to generate a stable, tornado-like cyclonic flow that confines

A rocket powered by Orbitecs vortex liquidfuel engine climbs into the Mojave sky.

the combustion to the central region of the chamber, which protects the surfaces. In October, Orbitec flight-tested its new rocket engine in the Mojave desert. The engine successfully powered a 25ft long, 800-lb Prospector P-15 sounding rocket built by Garvey Spacecraft to 600 mph. California State University at Long Beach also took part as did subcontractors Moog, Barber Nichols, Concept NREC, and Boeing. The motor was a version of the 30,000-lb thrust liquid engine that Orbitec is developing for the U.S. Air


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propulsion, said a company spokesman. Orbitec, which has about 70 employees, also builds fire-suppression units as well as life-support and environmental control systems, such as kits that will enable astronauts on the International Space Station to grow fresh food next year. Our vortex generator eliminates the high temperatures at the inner surfaces of the engine, said Martin Chiaverini, Principal Propulsion Engineer. By carefully tweaking the oxidizerinjection parameters, he said, the vortex flow establishes radial gradients of


The Garvey Prospector P-15 sounding rocket sits on its launch rail prior to lift-off.

Forces Advanced Upper Stage Engine Program and for several NASA in-space and planetary propulsion systems including the Space Launch System. The patented vortex engine technology, funding for which has been provided by the USAF Research Laboratory and other U.S. Department of Defense agencies, is mature and ready for teaming partners and investment to help it enter applications in space and boost

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by circulating unburned fuel through the chamber walls, Chiaverini continued. The passages are often leak-prone as well. Because the vortex engines are not subject to severe thermal fatigue, they can be reused. Orbitecs engines might find use in the upper stages of launch vehicles that deliver satellites to orbit; upper-stage technologies tend to exert considerable leverage on overall mission costs. Advanced upper stages could cut costs by allowing a given payload to be delivered using a smaller launch vehicle or by boosting the payload capacity of current launchers. The same fundamental technology could also be used on smaller systems for maneuvering spacecraft and to assist larger systems to make it off the launch pad, paving the way for significantly safer, low-cost space access. The vortex, or swirl, generator technology, Chiaverini explained, relies on oxidizer injectors at the base of the combustion chamber that are aimed tangentially to the inner surface of the curving walls The angle sets up a circulating force that forms a vortex that keeps the hotburning reaction gases confined in the tame, central tornado, he added. The circumferential component of the injection flow forms a free vortex that

Swirl injectors just above the nozzle create a double vortex of cool outer and hot inner gases.

pressure and density that cause the lower-density hot combustion products to be confined near the central axis of the combustion chamber while cold gases yet to be burned are spun out to the walls. The new method, which enhances general burning efficiency, could be smaller and lighter-weight as well as significantly simpler and cheaper to build, by requiring less, and more regular materials. Its very expensive to manufacture the internal regenerative-cooling channels and ducts that reject combustion heat


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spirals forward along the walls to the head end, where it turns inward to form a second vortex, concentrated along the axis, that flows in the reverse direction out of the chamber at the aft end. Orbitec, established in 1988, has mounted a long RD&E effort aimed at perfecting the technology. In 1998, we were working on a small hybrid [part solid/part gas or liquid] rocket for NASA Marshall, he recalled, and were trying to get the burning rate to increase so we tried using a swirl injector. The team found that under the right conditions the vortex flow could be used to prevent flame spreading along solid fuel surfaces, rather than enhancing the burning. Next we tried the technology on a liquid-fuel rocket. Since then, with USAF, NASA, and some DARPA funding support, the company has tested its patented concept using several liquid and gaseous propellants including (gaseous and liquid) hydrogen, kerosene, propane, and gaseous methane in rocket motors that produce thrusts ranging from 10 to 7500 lb. Chiaverini does not see any fundamental barriers to additional scaleup. The recent flight test also demonstrated a new igniter and nozzle. The novel igniter, which is the size of a

The Orbitec vortex engine may find use in rockets of various sizes and missions.

thumbnail, employs acoustic resonance heating to spark off the fuel, he said. When a valve opens, oxygen gas flows into a resonant cavity to cause shockwave compression-heating that ignites the fuel in milliseconds. The highly reliable device, also USAF-funded, doesnt take much energy to light off the fuel. The flight test also demonstrated the extreme heat-resistance of a new lightweight carbon-carbon composite nozzle extension from Alliant Techsystems. The uncooled nozzle extension, which glowed white hot in tests, was attached to the cooled metal housing using that companys dissimilar materials-joining technology.
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Tracking the health of aircraft electrical generators

The U.S. Navys P-3 aircraft uses a Bendix (later AlliedSignal and currently Honeywell) generator that was designed more than 30 years ago. The P-3 generator is a salient eight-pole (eight rotor bars), 6000-rpm, threephase brushless ac generator. The running speed of the generator is 5700 to 6300 rpm (line frequency of 380 Hz to 420 Hz). The rated voltage and power is 115-V ac and 60 kVA (20 kVA/phase), respectively. It has a 12-pole ac exciter and a three-phase, half-wave diode rectifier rotating with the exciter armature and main generator field assembly. A single-phase permanent magnet generator (PMG) furnishes control voltage and power for the voltage regulator. The electrical and mechanical issues (due to being continuously operated beyond design point and less than optimal drive end bearing support) combine to cause premature failures of the P-3 generators. Repairs are time consuming and costly. Currently, diagnostic/prognostic technologies are not implemented for

P-3 generators and other electrical power systems. Although some time series data (such as phase voltage and current) is collected during ground testing, no time series data is collected in flight for the generators. Researchers NAVAIR and Global Technology Connection have developed feature extraction and diagnostic algorithms to ultimately 1) differentiate between generator failure modes and normal aircraft operational modes; and 2) determine the degree of damage of a generator, providing maintenance personnel with information about the current health state and remaining life of generators so that timely action can be taken.

Health-monitoring algorithms
Researchers came up with basic modules of the proposed diagnostic and health-management system architecture based upon data-driven algorithms. Also, they showed how the architecture can provide inputs to the condition-based maintenance (CBM) module for maintenance execution. The feature extraction unit takes raw sampled data from a generator and converts it to a form suitable for the diagnostic and prognostic modules. The diagnostician monitors continuously


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Stator assembly Rotor and shaft Rotating diode assembly Exciter rotor End bell

6 . PM generator stator 7 . Permanent magnetic rotor core 8 . Generator to air duct adapter 9 . Fan assembly 10 . Drive shaft assembly

Schematic of the disassembled parts of a brushless ac generator for the P-3.

critical feature data and decides upon the existence of impending or incipient failure conditions. The detection and identification of an impending failure triggers the prognosticator. The prognosticator reports the remaining useful lifetime of the failing machine or component to the CBM module. The CBM module schedules the maintenance so that uptime is maximized while certain constraints are satisfied. The prognostic architecture is based on three constructs: 1) a static virtual sensor that relates known measurements to material deterioration; 2) a predictor that attempts to project the current state of the damaged material into the future thus revealing the time evolution of the damage and allowing the estimation of the materials

remaining useful lifetime; and 3) a Confidence Prediction Neural Network (CPNN), whose task is to account for uncertainty and manage/shrink the prediction bounds.

Feature extraction
Initial time-domain and frequencydomain feature extraction algorithms were developed to distinguish between healthy and common failure modes such as bearing failure. The time domain features and frequency domain features based upon Electrical Signature Analysis (ESA) were calculated from (demodulated) voltage and current. In this work, the time domain features were statistics of demodulated three-phase voltage vs. its phase angle, while the

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frequency domain features were magnitude deviation statistics of selected (inter) harmonics of demodulated three-phase voltage and exciter current. Each extracted feature from a set of time- and frequency-domain-based features was evaluated separately by statistical comparison with the corresponding feature database. This feature database was determined from the feature construction, selection, and extraction analysis of healthy/low-hour generators operating at various loads and operating frequency. Statistical margins were defined to denote the range of healthy/low-hour generators. Values outside of this range indicate the presence of a degraded/ high-hour generator. Consequently, the healthy operation range was based on separate asymmetrical calculations of high and low margins that were calculated by generalized higher moments of features. that voltage signatures relate to the upstream of the circuit being tested (toward power generation) and current signatures relate to the downstream of the circuit being tested (toward the motor and load). ESA uses the machine being tested as a transducer, allowing the user to evaluate the electrical and mechanical condition from the control or switchgear. Typically, ESA is done in the frequency domain, relying upon FFT techniques for accurate analysis. Frequency-domain-based ESA techniques have been developed to detect and track a seeded bearing failure in a P-3 generator, which was not detectable in the vibration signals using visual inspection alone (no large spikes in vibration data were observed). Also, frequency-domain techniques have been used to identify the location/ component of degradations in P-3 generators using available phase voltage and current waveforms. In this work, ESA was done both in the time-domain as well as the frequency-domain. Time-domain based ESA was used to assess the general health of generators by analyzing the amplitude demodulated signal vs. phase angle of the complex signals, while frequency-domain based ESA was used to identify the location/ component of degradations in P-3

Electrical signature analysis

ESA is the term used for the evaluation of the voltage and current waveforms. This provides an increased advantage to diagnostics as power-, motor-, and loadrelated signals can be quickly compared. A key consideration when using ESA is


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Basic modules and overall architecture for diagnostic and prognostic assessment of aircraft electric power systems.

generators using available phase voltage and current waveforms.

Fault classifier
The diagnostician, implemented as a multiple-input, multiple-output fuzzy neural network (FNN), serves as a nonlinear discriminator to classify impending faults. The fault classifier is trained to recognize generator faults from a vector of (inter) harmonic signatures corresponding to air gap, rotor, stator, rotating diodes, and bearing failures. Air gap and rotor winding failures are detected from demodulated line

frequency harmonics with the latter utilizing only even harmonics. Stator winding and rotating diode failures are detected from exciter current harmonics. The first 10 harmonics of bearing fundamental train frequency (FTF), ball pass outer race (BPOR), ball pass inner race (BPIR), and the two times the ball spin frequency (2BSF) were used to identify bearing failures. The bearing fault signatures appeared as harmonics of FTF RS, BPOR RS, BPIR RS, and 2 BSF RS in the demodulated three-phase voltage where RS is the running speed of the generator. The bearing parameters
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Applying ESA to motor and generator systems.

(rolling element diameter, pitch diameter, contact angle, and number of rolling elements) needed to calculate FTF, BPOR, BPIR, and 2BSF were obtained from a manufacturers catalog given the particular manufacturer and size of the bearing. A virtual sensor calculated a failure measure indirectly through a (neural network) mapping of features and operating condition. Consider, for example, the case of an electrical generator. No direct measurement of the degree of stator/rotor winding degradation, bearings damage, etc., occurring in a generator is possible when it is in an operational state. That is, there is no such device as a fault meter capable of providing direct

measurements of the fault evolution. The fault dimensions take the form of a vector of integer state-of-health (SOH) values where the values range from 100 (healthy) to 0 (fault).

Results and conclusions

Time domain features based upon ESA that were previously developed to detect the degree of damage in P-3 generators have been augmented by frequencydomain analysis algorithms that can accurately differentiate between normal operational modes and generator failure modes. The results showed that the high accuracy frequency-domain analysis algorithms were able to accurately detect bearing and rotating diode


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failures for two P-3 generators at full- , half-, and no-load operating conditions. The deviations in the magnitudes of the (inter) harmonics above the -80 dB threshold for phase voltages and the -40 dB threshold for exciter current were used to determine what type of failure mode the generator was experiencing. Also, the general harmonics to detect air gap, bearing, rotating diode, stator winding, and rotor winding were determined. Physical inspections have not been performed on the two P-3

generators to verify the diagnostic results. Further work is needed to determine how the reference time-domain feature and the magnitudes of key frequency harmonics change with respect to nonlinear, leading power factor, and lagging power factor loads at various load levels.
This article is based on SAE technical paper 2012-01-2234 by Freeman Rufus and Ash Thakker, Global Technology Connection Inc.; Sean Field, Naval Air Systems Command; and Nathan Kumbar, NAVAIR.

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