Optimization of Aerospace Complex Assemblies – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142006

Problem: Integrating cost efficient, safe, optimized maintenance solutions is of paramount importance to commercial and military fleets alike.  Aircraft modifications required by the introduction of new technologies, testing equipment and the frequent installation/de-installation of simulation devices has mandated the need for maintainers to adapt their processes and procedures to ensure airframe functionality and integrity is maintained at the highest levels.   The U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter is currently pending a temporary modification that will be used in collaboration with the training routine of the helicopters flight simulation and will serve as an ideal surrogate to demonstrate a representative solution that can be applicable across other platforms.

Benefit: The CH-47F platform will provide an ideal platform to demonstrate universal capabilities in equipment mounting across various models, and the project will document the process from initial concept through technology transition readiness.  The process can be used as a surrogate for implementation of similar technologies across a broad spectrum of commercial and military fleets.

Solution/Approach: Phase II will expand the successful lessons learned in Phase I, by demonstrating that the maintenance and sustainment processes involved with installing/removing new simulation technologies frequently can be done safely, affordably and without detriment to a legacy airframe.  The Smart Onboard Data Interface Module (SMODIM) is a prime candidate to validate Phase II, as it represents a technology for simulation that also needs to be relocated.  The Phase II initiative will focus on relocating the SMODIM and creating the required engineering documentation and installation drawings for airworthiness release.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Optimize integration of complex assemblies into legacy aircraft maintenance and sustainment operations
  • Improve training and skills enhancement of personnel
  • Minimize risk and reduce system failures and costs for aging aircraft
  • Decrease supply, maintenance management and touch labor
  • Increase warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Maintenance Engineering Division Aviation Engineering Directorate

Industry Participation:

  • Elevan LLC dba Elevate Systems
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Repair turn-around time
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement