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Final Report - ILDAS (In-flight Lightning Strike Damage Assessment System)

Project ID: 30806
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE


This is the final report of the ILDAS project, which was a research project within the scope of Aeronautics Research of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) of the European Commission. The first objective of the ILDAS research project was to develop and validate a concept prototype of an ILDAS, capable of in-flight measurement of the parameters of lightning strikes. Such a system would give in due course better knowledge of these parameters that could be used to improve aircraft lightning protection. Based on the reconstructed attachment points and amplitudes of the in-flight lightning strike in real time, the second objective was to enable the development of tailored and efficient maintenance inspection procedures that must be applied after a recorded strike.

After reviewing the project objectives, the report describes the ILDAS concept prototype, including the different types of sensors. The key results of the rig test, A320 ground test and helicopter test campaigns are presented. The analysis of the data from the A320 tests using a specially developed EM tool kit is reviewed. The report closes with conclusions and recommendations for future research.

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