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A Brief Review of the Need for Robust Smart Wireless Sensor Systems for Future Propulsion Systems, Distributed Engine Controls, and Propulsion Health ManagementSmart Sensor Systems with wireless capability operational in high temperature, harsh environments are a significant component in enabling future propulsion systems to meet a range of increasingly demanding requirements. These propulsion systems must incorporate technology that will monitor engine component conditions, analyze the incoming data, and modify operating parameters to optimize propulsion system operations. This paper discusses the motivation towards the development of high temperature, smart wireless sensor systems that include sensors, electronics, wireless communication, and power. The challenges associated with the use of traditional wired sensor systems will be reviewed and potential advantages of Smart Sensor Systems will be discussed. A brief review of potential applications for wireless smart sensor networks and their potential impact on propulsion system operation, with emphasis on Distributed Engine Control and Propulsion Health Management, will be given. A specific example related to the development of high temperature Smart Sensor Systems based on silicon carbide electronics will be discussed. It is concluded that the development of a range of robust smart wireless sensor systems are a foundation for future development of intelligent propulsion systems with enhanced capabilities.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Hunter, Gary W.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Behbahani, Alireza
(Air Force Research Lab. Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
June 8, 2015
Publication Date
June 4, 2012
Subject Category
Avionics And Aircraft Instrumentation
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
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Meeting Information
International Instrumentation Symposium(San Diego, CA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 284848.
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