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Photonic elements in smart systems for use in aerospace platforms
Author(s): Grigory Adamovsky; Robert J. Baumbick; Massood Tabib-Azar
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Paper Abstract

To compete globally in the next millennium, designers of new transportation vehicles will have to be innovative. Keen competition will reward innovative concepts that are developed and proven first. In order to improve reliability of aerospace platforms and reduce operating cots, new technologies must be exploited to produce autonomous systems, based on highly distributed, smart systems, which can be treated as line replaceable units. These technologies include photonics, which provide sensing and information transfer functions, and micro electro mechanical systems that will produce the actuation and, in some cases, may even provide a computing capability that resembles the hydro- mechanical control system used in older aircraft systems. The combination of these technologies will provide unique systems that will enable achieving the reliability and cost goals dictated by global market. In the article we review some of these issues and discuss a role of photonics in smart system for aerospace platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3330, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Sensory Phenomena and Measurement Instrumentation for Smart Structures and Materials, (21 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317001
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Grigory Adamovsky, NASA Lewis Research Ctr. (United States)
Robert J. Baumbick, NASA Lewis Research Ctr. (United States)
Massood Tabib-Azar, Case Western Reserve Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3330:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Sensory Phenomena and Measurement Instrumentation for Smart Structures and Materials
Richard O. Claus; William B. Spillman, Editor(s)

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