Marshall Aerospace - TP400                                Marshall Aerospace was                                contracted...
The System                                                 Acra KAM-500                                                  D...
The Results I3,000 parameters acquired and processedover 115 hours of engine running time•   With meticulous planning and ...
The Results IIA sophisticated hybrid PCM/Ethernet systemsmall enough to fit in the wings of the C-130•   Because the avail...
The Results IIIReduction in FTI costs by utilizing COTS hardwarefor both flight and ground tests.•   CWC-AE equipment enab...
For more information visitwww.cwc-ae.comCurtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronicscwc-ae@curtisswright.com665 North Ba...
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Marshall Aerospace successfully completes flight test program trialing the TP400 power-plant with Curtiss-Wright

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Marshall Aerospace successfully completes flight test program trialing the TP400 power-plant with Curtiss-Wright

  1. 1. Marshall Aerospace - TP400 Marshall Aerospace was contracted by Airbus Military to undertake flight trials for the TP400 power-plant which powers the Airbus A400M. The System CWC-AE provided the data acquisition, airborne data recording and visualization systems used to collect, distribute and process the power-plant data. The Results • 3,000 parameters acquired and processed over 115 hours of engine running time • Development of a compact Acra KAM-500 Onboard hybrid PCM/Ethernet system to fit in the wings of the C-130TP400 Flying Test Bed in Risk • Reduction in flight test instrumentation cost by Reduction Flight Trials re-using COTS hardware
  2. 2. The System Acra KAM-500 Data Lowers RiskFirst time developing a system that output Acquisition Proven on every platform type inEthernet packets. Units all environmental conditions• Seven Acra KAM-500 DAUs, each with COTS hardware with short delivery 13 user slots: three in the cabin of the times aircraft, three in the wing to monitor Reduces Cost of Ownership temperature, pressure and strain and Reduced inventory of spares due one on the wing to monitor pressure to common product line data and output Ethernet data Lower installation, setup and maintenance requirements• 1Gbps managed Ethernet switch Modular design greatly extends distributed the acquired data to dual system lifetime on-board computers FTI by Design• A data recorder completing the data Analysis Designed to minimize the data recording and visualization system transfer time from sensor to screen Guaranteed predictable data• A laptop running GS Works 7 to Simultaneous sampling occurs perform flight flutter assessments across the complete system COMMERCIAL OFF-THE-SHELF MODULAR DESIGN
  3. 3. The Results I3,000 parameters acquired and processedover 115 hours of engine running time• With meticulous planning and use of the flight simulator, the project was executed safely and successfully, gathering all of the extensive data required by the customer.• On board performance monitoring and analysis was a key component, the FTI team “ Curtiss-Wright equipment enabled Marshall Aerospace to continuously measured, recorded and processed “ approximately 1,000 parameters via the meet or exceed changing customer requirements. KAM-500 DAUs.• When functionality needed to be added, Ben Jakubowski CWC-AE created a work around and provided Senior Flight test Instrumentation Engineer 24 hour phone and 48 hour in-person support. Marshall Aerospace WORKS ONCE WORKS ALWAYS
  4. 4. The Results IIA sophisticated hybrid PCM/Ethernet systemsmall enough to fit in the wings of the C-130• Because the available space for instrumentation was limited, the compact size of the KAM-500 DAU enabled placement in the wings of the aircraft, resulting in easier and more flexible system design.• The development of a sophisticated hybrid PCM/Ethernet system. “ The flexibility of Acra equipment enables Marshall Aerospace to run• Successful completion of a high risk flight test simultaneous flight test program. programs. “ COMPACT FUTUREPROOF DESIGN
  5. 5. The Results IIIReduction in FTI costs by utilizing COTS hardwarefor both flight and ground tests.• CWC-AE equipment enables Marshall Aerospace to run simultaneous flight test programs thanks to its inherent flexibility.• The hardware will continue to help Marshall Aerospace satisfy the customer needs for reliable flight test data. REDUCE RISK, LOWER COST INCREASE DATA QUALITY
  6. 6. For more information visitwww.cwc-ae.comCurtiss-Wright Controls Avionics & Electronicscwc-ae@curtisswright.com665 North Baldwin Park Boulevard Landscape House, Landscape RoadCity of Industry, CA 91746, USA Dublin 14, IrelandPhone: 626-851-3100 Phone: +353-1295-1264

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