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Technologies and Techniques for New Maintenance Concepts

Technologies and Techniques for New Maintenance Concepts

Objective

Maintenance activities can account for as much as 20% of an operator's direct operating costs and have remained at this level for many years. However, there is scope for increasing the efficiency of the maintenance process. For example, it is estimated that line mechanics spend 30% of their time trying to access information to diagnose and rectify failures. Additionally errors in the maintenance process can impact on aircraft safety. In a recent survey the incidence of human error in the maintenance task has been estimated as contributing to 15% of aircraft accidents. The occurrence of the need for unscheduled maintenance can introduce costly delays and cancellations if the problem cannot be rectified in a timely manner. The objective of the TATEM Integrated Project is to validate technologies and techniques which can be used to transfer unscheduled maintenance to scheduled maintenance and provide the means to make the maintenance task more efficient and effective. The technologies and techniques to be validated include: Novel onboard sensor technology to gather data from the aircraft systems (avionics, utilities, actuation, engines and structures) Maintenance-free avionics Signal processing techniques (e.g. fuzzy, logic, neural networks, model-based reasoning) which can be used to convert data into information about the health of the systems. Diagnostic methods to identify and locate failures and malfunctions and so reduce the number of incidences of no fault found Prognostic methods to provide support for preventative maintenance actions Decision support techniques to provide the maintenance crew with process-oriented information and guidance Human interface technologies to provide the ground crew with information at their point of work.'

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Coordinator

GE AVIATIONS SYSTEMS LTD

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Evesham Road, Bishops Cleeve
Cheltenham

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Martin WORLFORD (Dr)

Participants (53)

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AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS

France

ATCT INDUSTRIES LTD.

Israel

AVITRONICS RESEARCH

Greece

ANONYMI ETAIRIA SYSTIMATON ORGANOSIS LEITURGIAS KAI EPIKOINONIAS APIKOINONIAS EPICHEIRISEON

Greece

EUROCOPTER SAS

France

AERNNOVA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS S.A.

Spain

HISPANO-SUIZA

France

ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES LTD.

Israel

INSTITUTUL PENTRU ANALIZA SISTEMELOR

Romania

INTEGRATED AEROSPACE SCIENCES CORPORATION (INASCO)

Greece

INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE

Portugal

INSTITUTE OF STRUCTURES & ADVANCED MATERIALS

Greece

3D VISION

France

MTU AERO ENGINES GMBH

Germany

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM (NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORY)

Netherlands

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

PARAGON LTD

Greece

RSL ELECTRONICS LTD.

Israel

SAGEM SA

France

SOCIÉTÉ D'INTÉGRATION D'ETUDE ET DE RECHERCHE DE SYSTÈMES'

France

SNECMA MOTEURS

France

SNECMA SA

France

TECHSPACE AERO

Belgium

FUNDACIÓN TEKNIKER

Spain

THALES AVIONICS SA

France

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY S.A.

Greece

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD

United Kingdom

GALILEO AVIONICA SPA (A FINMECCANICA COMPANY)

Italy

DIEHL AVIONIK SYSTEME GMBH

Germany

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH

Germany

SOCIETA' ITALIANA AVIONICA - SIA - S.P.A.

Italy

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DARMSTADT

Germany

DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG

Germany

AEROSYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS

Greece

THE PROVOST FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN, (HEREINAFTER TCD)

Ireland

SKYTEK LTD

Ireland

THALES AVIONICS ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS SA

France

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL LANCASHIRE

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.

Spain

SR TECHNICS IRELAND LIMITED

Ireland

TURBOMECA SA

France

INTERACTIVE STAR

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY EADS FRANCE SAS

France

COOPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRE FOR ADVANCED COMPOSITE STRUCTURES LTD

Australia

NDT EXPERT

France

AIR FRANCE

France

STRUCTURES SUB PROJECT

United Kingdom

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502909

  • Start date

    1 March 2004

  • End date

    28 February 2009

Funded under:

FP6-AEROSPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 39 442 910

  • EU contribution

    € 21 932 083

Coordinated by:

GE AVIATIONS SYSTEMS LTD

United Kingdom