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Distributed Control Architecture for Gas Turbine EngineThe transformation of engine control systems from centralized to distributed architecture is both necessary and enabling for future aeropropulsion applications. The continued growth of adaptive control applications and the trend to smaller, light weight cores is a counter influence on the weight and volume of control system hardware. A distributed engine control system using high temperature electronics and open systems communications will reverse the growing trend of control system weight ratio to total engine weight and also be a major factor in decreasing overall cost of ownership for aeropropulsion systems. The implementation of distributed engine control is not without significant challenges. There are the needs for high temperature electronics, development of simple, robust communications, and power supply for the on-board electronics.
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Document Type
Book Chapter
Culley, Dennis (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Garg, Sanjay (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 2009
Publication Information
Publication: More Intelligent Gas Turbine Engines
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion and Power
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