TRW Conekt to Exhibit at Aerospace Conference
TRW Conekt is exhibiting its work on the WiTNESSS project at the Aerospace, Aviation & Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (AAD KTN) conference in Rotherham on 20-21 September.
WiTNESSS (WIreless Technologies for Novel Enhancement of Systems and Structures Serviceability) is a collaborative R&D project, led by Conekt, which is researching and de-risking wireless data transmission technology for key testing and structural health monitoring applications in aero-engines, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
Current aircraft instrumentation and test systems are linked by heavy and complex wiring harnesses which limit the amount of data which can be collected. Using wireless (radio) technology instead of fixed wiring gives the potential to measure more parameters, save cost and weight and lead to lighter, more efficient future aircraft designs with quicker time-to-market. Wireless technology also enables further cost and time savings through faster installation / removal of test and instrumentation systems.
Conekt’s Roger Hazelden, Technical Lead for the WiTNESSS consortium, said: “This conference is bringing together all the key players from the UK aerospace industry to share ideas and plan future strategy. Wireless technology like that being developed by the WiTNESSS consortium, has tremendous potential to reduce weight and improve performance of future aircraft designs, leading to lower operating costs and lower CO2 emissions”