Early Warning System for Aircraft Surface Contamination
Aerospace, Hardware, Sensors, Networks, Monitoring
Ice formation and other kinds of surface contamination frequently endanger aircraft by reducing their level of performance and maneuverability. This new sensing device developed by Michael B. Bragg and Holly Gurbacki improves the chances that aircraft pilots or autopilots will be able to react, change flight controls to adjust to the situation, and avert accidents. Similar sensing systems exist; however, this system is a more efficient and better safeguard. It uses a sensor that measures the effects of the contaminant on the lifting surfaces, such as the wings of the aircraft, and relays this information to the pilot in real time. By constantly monitoring the areas and comparing the information to normal parameters, this technology achieves early detection and warning of problems. In addition, because it is located inside the aircraft, this system is completely protected from environmental and operational wear.
Aircraft Icing Encounter Model