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Rotorcraft monitoring and diagnosis systems

Rotorcraft monitoring and diagnosis systems


Regarding the saturation of the regional transport sector, rotary wing aircraft, which realized big progress in terms of security, seems as one of the possible solutions allowing to ease congestion in the existing infrastructures without creating new one of the major rotorcraft manufacturers, positions to answer this new need. Besides the systems worked out to improve safety in use of rotary wing aircraft became more complex, increasing consequently exploitation costs. These systems are called Health and Usage Monitoring Systems.
The current HUMS offer extremely potentialities :
- Prediction and anticipation breakdowns
- Correction of piloting and maintenance human errors
- Maintenance operation suited after engine torque overshoots
- Overhaul period adaptation thanks to the real flight spectrum acquisition. The researches works objective is to validate the implementation of new technologies for the next generation of HUMS entailing a decline of the exploitation cost.
Researches will bide within Eurocopter's research department and in the ENSAM laboratory (engineer high school) and will consist in
- Model the various cost cycles
- participate in the development of a HUMS which will treat points having a strong incidence on ownership global costs
- Investigate other sources of information
- Put through the cost evaluation model filter the various technical solutions proposed on the HUMS The postgraduate fellow will become integrated into this strategic objective and will interface with a team constituted of 2 engineers doctors and 4 engineers.
He will work within the "diagnosis system" team, whose objective is to define and develop HUMS which will treat points having a strong incidence on the aircraft vital elements. The fellow should be an engineer, preferably specialized in aeronautics. He will benefit from an office and a friendly environment having already served for welcoming previous fellows.




Aeroport International Marseille
13725 Marignane


Administrative Contact

Jean François BIGAY (Mr)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4TR-CT-2002-00084

  • Start date

    1 October 2003

  • End date

    31 December 2007

Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 105 120

  • EU contribution

    € 105 120

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