Avionics, fatigue, vibration, materials and flight, engine, non-destructive…all of these areas require specialist products, software and training. And they are all intertwined into aviation and the manufacturing and maintenance of the aircraft operated in this industry where it is imperative to be ready for anything at any time. We will be exploring the latest technological advances in aerospace testing as well as the tried and true products already here.
The new Vanta Element-S handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer delivers fast light element detection at an affordable price, joining a family of cost-effective, entry-level Vanta ElementXRF instruments. The S model is equipped with a silicon drift detector (SDD) to analyze light elements like magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), sulfur (S) and phosphorus (P) in alloys.
The company says it is ideal for scrap recycling, basic PMI, metal manufacturing and precious metals and the Vanta Element-S effectively measures ferrous metals, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, nickel and gold karats. The analyzer offers clear on-screen grade ID and comparison for the light elements Mg, Al and Si in seconds. Its SDD detector can distinguish similar alloy grades like 303 stainless steel from 304, and aluminum 6061 or 6063 from 1100.
The analyzers are IP54 rated to resist dust and moisture and built to pass a 1.2 m (4-foot) drop test (MIL-STD-810G) to help protect from the occasional drop or jostle. Other protective features include a stainless-steel faceplate and a Prolene window with Kapton mesh support that easily sticks on and peels off for toolless window changes in the field. The analyzers continuously perform in temperatures from –10 °C to 45 °C (14 °F to 113 °F).
Vanta Element-S analyzers come with the features the Vanta series is known for: speed, reliability, ruggedness, connectivity and smartphone-like ease of use according to the company. Weighing a slim 2.9 lb. (1.32 kg), the analyzer is up to the challenge of all-day testing for alloy and metal analysis. Powered by Olympus’ proven Axon Technology, the S model brings the same high-count rate and stability as the rest of the Vanta series for fast results and ROI.
Optional wireless connectivity helps future-proof your analyzer for Industry 4.0. Connect to the Olympus Scientific Cloud for wireless data sharing and access to convenient fleet management tools, as well as the Olympus mobile app or your network. The analyzer also has a one GB microSD card to store results and two USB ports to easily export data. For added flexibility, the analyzer is compatible with accessories like the Vanta field stand, soil foot, probe shield and holster.
Capture 3D, a provider of 3D measurement solutions and an official US partner for GOM GmbH/Zeiss, has announced the ATOS Q— the latest addition to the ATOS blue light 3D scanning product line offering improved technology, performance, and design to optimize processes and save users time and money while retaining unmatched quality.
With the growing number of industries requiring accurate metrology-grade 3D scanning solutions to meet rising product standards, companies frequently rely on Capture 3D’s ATOS solutions for process optimization in industries ranging from aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, medical to power generation. ATOS is used throughout product development, quality control, near-line and in-line production to accurately obtain a digital blueprint of parts, components, assemblies, tooling, and molds. Whether the object material is cast, metal formed, or injection molded, ATOS captures millions of accurate points through quick scans to create a high definition file with intricate feature detail. The ATOS Q combines high-tech electronics and optics with robust design and powerful software, delivering high-precision measurement results across diverse applications.
“Having this much speed and resolution in a compact solution that can accurately measure different surfaces in virtually any environment at this price isn’t just a step forward for our industry— it’s a complete breakthrough,” said CEO Rick White.
Designed for industrial use, the ATOS Q is engineered with 8 million or 12 million points per scan (PPS), a bright Blue LED Light Equalizer, and Triple Scan technology, reducing the number of individual scans needed and accelerating measurement time, even on complex parts. Its sleek, compact design makes it an ideal engineering solution for dimensional inspection, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, CFD/FEA analysis, digital assembly, and other manufacturing processes. It also features a fiber-optic connection to enable rapid data transmission, an intelligent self-monitoring calibration system, and active temperature management.
The system can be configured with a tripod, industrial camera stand, desktop stand, or fully automated with the ScanBox 4105. It is also easily integrated with rotation tables or the tilt and swivel for semi-automated applications. Catering to various measurement requirements, it has five different, interchangeable measuring volumes from 100 x 70 mm2 to 500 x 370 mm2. Like all other ATOS 3D scanners, this solution meets high metrological requirements and is supported by the latest software GOM Inspect Suite.
Telecom test and measurement solutions provider, GL Communications Inc., addressed the press regarding the new SonetExpert test platform for High Speed OC-3/OC-12 and STM-1/STM-4 Analysis and Emulation.
GL’s SonetExpert is a USB based hardware platform capable of OC-3/OC-12 and STM-1/STM-4 wire-speed processing on optical ports meant for SONET/SDH channelized data carrying many independent unframed/framed T1 and E1 streams.
“GL’s SonetExpert Channelized Analyzer comprises of hardware and software for capturing, monitoring, emulating and analysing protocols over SONET-SDH links. SonetExpert analyzer – with optical ports supports channelized SONET and SDH mapping of T1/E1 payload. In this mode, SonetExpert supports direct access to all 336 T1 or 252 E1 channels on an OC-12/STM-4 line for analysis and simulation – all within a single PC. Its main advantage is that any of the T1/E1 or DS0 test requirements can be met without resorting to electrical access and cumbersome, expensive and time-consuming cabling and setup,” said Vijay Kulkarni CEO of GL Communications.
“GL’s SonetExpert hardware platform (USB unit) is capable of OC-3/OC-12 and STM-1/STM-4 wire-speed processing on two optical ports meant for SONET/SDH channelized data carrying many independent T1 or E1 streams.
He further added, “the SonetExpert is connected to a PC USB 3.0 port via a USB 3.0 cable. The hardware is based on the firmware FPGA making it easy to upgrade in the field for application versatility. A unique feature of the unit is the capability to capture, transmit and process at wire speed to and from applications and hard disk on all interfaces.”
8tree announced the addition of Robert Zehnder to the company’s business development team. Leveraging his career in aviation maintenance, Zehnder will lead and grow 8tree’s presence in business aviation, building on the early momentum of 8tree’s dentCHECK tool within that sector.
In addition, he will be responsible for strengthening 8tree’s global service network. “Robert’s expertise in aircraft maintenance will help accelerate 8tree’s growth in the business aviationsector,” says Erik Klaas, 8tree’s CTO. “His insight and experience will allow us to better anticipate the surface inspection needs of our customers. We are thrilled to have him on the team.”
“I wish 8tree’s dentCHECK tool had existed when I was working the maintenance floor – it is a long awaited solution to a chronic need in aviation,” says Zehnder, business development manager for 8tree’s business aviation vertical. “The company’s novel approach to creating purpose-built inspection tools for different problems has really caught the attention of many industries. I look forward to enabling my former business aviation colleagues with the efficiency gains offered by 8tree’s tools and technologies.”
Prior to 8tree, Zehnder held maintenance and customer service positions across the global MRO industry, catering to the needs of business, commercial, general aviation and rotorcraft. He is a licensed aircraft engineer and started his aviation career in line maintenance. Robert holds degrees in business administration, business management and applied technical management.
Software Motor Company (SMC) and Ansys are collaborating to accelerate the development of ultra-efficient switched reluctance motors (SRMs) that solve critical noise vibration and harshness (NVH) issues. This will spur adoption of SMC’s advanced motors across many industries, slashing global energy demand via increased efficiency and helping reduce climate change.
Traditional alternating current induction motors drive most of today’s power-hungry machines, which consume over 45% of the world’s electricity. SRMs are much more energy efficient, reliable and durable, but to drive industry adoption, these advanced motors must overcome critical NVH challenges — requiring months of prototype testing and weeks of simulation. An enhanced workflow can greatly compress that development time, ensuring motors run silently, increasing energy efficiencies and decreasing carbon impact.
SMC and Ansys are building an automated, optimized and repeatable workflow for rapid design and analysis of SMC’s Q-series SRMs, engineered for commercial adoption with radically reduced NVH. Leveraging Ansys workflow technologies — including cutting-edge multiphysics simulation and Ansys Cloud — will enable global implementation and adoption of SMC’s advanced motors by companies across numerous industries. As seen in the HVAC industry, this will reduce traditional motors’ energy consumption by up to 64%, helping SMC’s customers save millions of dollars and enabling them to achieve a zero or net-zero carbon footprint.
“With the electrification revolution in full swing, this new state-of-the-art workflow will help us create a highly innovative next-generation SRM — the most sophisticated electric motor design in the world — and deploy it with minimal NVH effects,” said Mark Johnston, president and CEO of SMC. “SMC’s advanced motor adoption across commercial real estate, HVAC, industrial equipment, agriculture, vehicle traction, aerospace and many other industries will play a major role in reducing global energy consumption and improving the environment.”
“Together with SMC, we are rapidly developing SRMs, delivering unprecedented reduced noise levels and enabling wide commercial adoption of these highly efficient motors for the first time,” said Prith Banerjee, chief technology officer, Ansys. “This automated, optimized and cloud-based motor design and analysis platform significantly speeds SMC’s development of next-generation SRMs which promises to disrupt a $100 billion-plus industry and alter how the world consumes energy.”
The Global Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection Market was valued at $7.23 billion in 2016 and is projected to reach $10.76 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 7.62% from 2017 to 2025.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) and Inspection is the process of testing, evaluating materials, components for differences in characteristics without destroying the serviceability of the system. NDT can be performed during or after manufacture, or even on equipment that is in service. Benefits of non-destructive testing and inspection system include – increased product reliability, identify areas of concern before failure, comprehensive testing, accident prevention, less downtime and less waste.
The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc., designer and manufacturer of high-performance position measurement systems, announced that the KD-5600 family of eddy current measurement systems is ideal for use in COTS applications for fast steering mirrors, magnetic bearing active control, shaft vibration, image stabilization, and adaptive optics.
Customers in the small satellite, semi-conductors, military/aerospace, high precision metal working and UAV/drone sectors benefit from the KD-5600 system’s host of features. Designed for non-contact linear position displacement sensing applications, Kaman released three configurations for tailored use. The KD-5656 (digital system), KD-5640 (analog system) and KD-5690 (FE system) are equipped with custom sensors, signal processing, analog to digital converter and a custom calibration system to ensure precision and accuracy.
For optimum operation for each channel, the KD-5600 system has two matched sensors. Input signals are filtered and SWaP-C scaled to provide optimum operation, remove common mode noise, and deliver a drive signal. They also provide digital filtering as part of the signal conditioning to reduce signal noise.
The suite of products is designed with high resolution, bandwidth and linearity and equipped with Serial Peripheral Interface Bus for fast data transfers and no firmware. Additionally, the KD-5600 system samples data at eight times the standard data rate. Oversampling at high volume provides higher resolution at the defined data rate, which results in signal resolution that is eight times better than a system sampling at the Nyquist rate.
Using a 9D connector for reading data, power, and control signals, the system operates from a single power supply with a voltage range of 8-28 volts. These features combined ensure long-term stability.
GL Communications is touting their remote ethernet/IP testing. “Engineers that manage large Ethernet/IP networks must find ways to remotely test and monitor their networks for performance. GL Communications offers PacketExpert as a comprehensive Ethernet/IP testing solution with convenient remote access capabilities. PacketExpert can be deployed at a remote site and at a local site for an end-to-end network test,” said Vijay Kulkarni, CEO, GL Communications.
Network tests include:
RFC 2544 (throughput, loss, latency statistics)
RFC 6349 (TCP throughput)
ITU-T Y.1564 (Verify service level agreements such as bandwidth)
Bit error rate testing
Multi-stream traffic generation
He further added, “The PacketExpert™ at the remote site can be left in ‘loopback mode’, i.e. all incoming packets are sent back to the source. The engineer can conveniently leave the remote PacketExpert™ in loopback mode indefinitely and collect all relevant statistics at the local end.”
“If the network engineer wishes to remotely access PacketExpert, they can do so through Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). PacketExpert is connected to a PC on a management network. This test PC runs Windows 8/10 with RDP enabled and can therefore be easily accessed remotely.”
Additionally, PacketExpert can be accessed through a command line interface. The remotely deployed PacketExpert can run a server and listen for instructions via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Python, C# and TCL APIs are supported. The command line interface allows the engineer to fully automate the testing process.
PacketExpert supports many remote access methods including:
Remote Desktop Protocol
Command line interface
Web browser access (coming soon)
These remote access methods save the network engineer valuable time and money by eliminating the need to physically visit the remote site repeatedly.
An innovation that helps speed the design of fishing rods, satellites and cellphone electronics soon will help the U.S. Navy save millions in costs and downtime, while extending the service life of helicopters.
AnalySwift LLC, a Purdue University-affiliated commercial software provider, has received a $240,000 Small Business Innovation Research program grant from the Navy. The SBIR award will help the company further develop its SwiftComp software, technology that provides efficient, high-fidelity modeling of composites.
“We are excited to partner with the U.S. Navy to help address this challenge,” said Allan Wood, president and CEO of AnalySwift. “The Navy is going to be able to use the resulting software technology to properly align a helicopter’s predicted life to actual service life, reduce downtime in redesigns and, ultimately, save money.”
Wood said the software would help meet a need by the Navy and others involved with rotorcraft. The specific project is aimed at advancing the software to better predict the durability of flexbeams made from composite materials, which are materials made from two or more different materials that when combined are stronger, lighter or have other advantages over those individual materials by themselves.
A helicopter flexbeam is the critical component that connects the blade with the hub. Flexbeams made from composites are particularly difficult to design and analyze due to their complexity, including their tapered and curved nature and complex microstructures.
While NAVAIR policy for durability determined by analysis typically requires the analysis to show four times the service life required, the reality is that testing shows actual life well below required service life and what was analytically predicted. This discrepancy between predicted life and tested life has cost both time and money in redesign, with efforts spanning years and costing millions of dollars.
Attempts to address these shortcomings have included changes in the ply layup as well as the locations of ply drops with respect to the neutral axis to improve life. A lack of physical understanding of the physics involved in flexbeam fatigue failure prevents basing the redesign on a more accurate analysis method or understanding than originally used to cleared the failed part.
Instead, the same analysis used to show that the failed part had sufficient life is reused on the newly designed part — historically with little success. That analysis is inadequate because these are complicated composite structures with hundreds of plies, often hybrid materials, and twisted and tapered geometry. Additionally, the loading environment, while understood, is equally complex with axial, bending and torsion loads. This loading leads to multiaxial stress that, combined with the geometry of flexbeams, makes determining stresses/strains at the ply level of first importance, but is often ignored.
“Our specific project aims to enable an efficient high-fidelity tool set with significantly improved durability predictive capabilities for composite flexbeams using user-defined elements,” Wood said. “Success of this proposal will produce a practical solution for efficient yet accurate durability analysis of composite flexbeams.”
In addition to better strength and durability analysis for curved and tapered composite structures such as composite flexbeams, the project aims to enable:
* Significantly reduced time and cost used for design and redesign of complex composite structures.
* More insightful guidance for experiments in understanding the effects of ply drop-offs and other defects of composite flexbeams.
* More explicit modeling of internal features and defects, easy handling of hybrid materials and direct incorporation of new material models.
Although the direct commercial application is durability analysis of composite flexbeams used by the Navy, the proposed work will have many other potential commercial applications:
* Composite helicopter rotor blades, which are usually tapered with ply drop-offs along the span-wise direction.
* Composite wind turbine blades with cross-sections varying significantly.
* Complex composite structures featuring non-uniform cross sections used in aerospace, automotive, and sports.
* Thick composite structures where ply-level stress and durability prediction is critical.
The technology was developed by Wenbin Yu, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics in Purdue’s College of Engineering.
The software also has been licensed to companies and universities worldwide, including those using it for work on satellites and mobile phone components, including printed circuit boards.
“One of the advantages of the SwiftComp software is its ability to carry out efficient high-fidelity multiscale modeling for structures featuring complex microstructures,” Yu said. “SwiftComp takes details of the fundamental building block of materials and structures as input, then outputs the structural properties needed for macroscopic analysis. It can be used for composite beams, plates and shells, and 3D structures, for both micromechanical and structural modeling. This project will help expand the application of SwiftComp even further for composites used in rotorcraft and other applications with curved or tapering structures, as well as applications where a clear understanding of durability is critical.”
Rohde & Schwarz has integrated the fast time domain scan as standard in its R&S ESW EMI test receiver. It works with double bandwidth to increase measuring speed. Also new is the R&S EWS-K58 multi CISPR ADP option. It precisely shows the effects of interference on digital communication systems. The option accelerates CISPR 11 tests on microwave ovens and could prevail for other product tests in the future.
The R&S ESW is an EMI test receiver with outstanding RF characteristics for the measuring range from 1 Hz to 44 GHz. With its high dynamic range und measurement accuracy, it meets the highest requirements in EMI compliance testing and fulfills the most stringent requirements for all relevant EMI standards such as CISPR, EN, MIL STD-461, DO 160 and FCC.
Faster measurement results with fast TDS
With the conventional integrated FFT based time domain scan the R&S ESW captured and weighted disturbance spectra already very fast. The new fast time domain scan (fast TDS) doubles the scan bandwidth, so the measurement speed is nearly twice as fast as with a conventional time domain scan. This enables previously unattainable fast measurement times for time-consuming tests with the CISPR detectors quasi-peak and CISPR average. TDS is available free with the actual firmware version V1.70 for the R&S ESW.
Multi CISPR APD: visualizing interference on up to 67 channels
The also new R&S ESW-K58 multi CISPR APD measurement option enhances the single amplitude probability distribution (APD) measurement function into a simultaneous analysis of up to 67 channels within a specified timeframe. The option inspects for each channel of a signal the probability of occurring amplitudes. The option offers numerous analysis and display features, including a 3D view. The current CISPR 11 standard allows multi CISPR APD for testing microwave ovens, which considerably simplifies the measurement process. When the method is used in line with the standard for signals with 1 MHz bandwidth, with the R&S ESW can be measured simultaneously up to 20 channels. Thus, the EMI test receiver surpasses by far the standard requirement of just five channels guaranteeing a safe investment for users. APD analysis precisely shows the effects of interference on digital communication systems (e.g. WLAN or cellular), and in the future it will also be applied to other product standards.