The objective of the TecALSens project is the provision of an advanced and validated load sensor for integration in the Smart Integrated Wind Demonstrator and validation in an industrially relevant environment. The project covers the whole process chain taking into consideration specific requirements: from designing of all sensor components through manufacturing of load cell, electronics and sensor body up to validation and verification of its properties and operational behavior. Electronics will be designed and manufactured considering DO-254 specifications; The complete systems will be tested according to DO-160 requirements. In TecALSens a two-step approach will be pursued. After manufacturing, the load sensor will be tested for TRL 4 and TRL 5 compliance. The design phase will support the experimental validation by taking into consideration the environmental conditions. On the basis of these results a critical review and improvement of all steps will be performed. The improved sensor will be tested again following the same procedures. The project will provide a robust and reliable solution based on innovative sensor principle for further application in primary, secondary flight controls and landing gear systems. With this solution their functional safety can be enhanced. An industrialization path will be defined and verified at each step for further production.
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