Optimization of Aerospace Complex Assemblies

NCMS Project #: 141029

Problem: Integrating cost efficient, safe, optimized maintenance solutions is of paramount importance to commercial and military fleets alike.  The U.S. Army CH-47 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 extensible across other platforms.  

Benefit: The process of translating modern design concepts for the legacy assets and the utilization of advanced and technologically sound engineering designs and solutions will help promote longterm jobs and support the general economy.  The methods and advantages of digital manufacturing and simulation techniques are equally applicable to any large assembly process, such as those used in the automotive, railway, and shipbuilding industries.

Solution/Approach: The project will center around the most logical, efficient, and structurally viable means to mount/dismount the TESS Antenna on the U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with the overarching objective to demonstrate applicability of similar maintenance process improvements that could be extensible to other airframes.  The TESS Antenna needs to be mounted on the CH-47 during training exercises and then be removed during normal operation of the aircraft.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve safety
  • Maximize workforce and resource allocation
  • Increase warfighter readiness
  • Reduce maintenance and sustainment costs

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