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Intelligent Gearbox for Endurance Advanced Rotorcraft

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 iGear project word cloud

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Project "iGear" data sheet

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Active Space Technologies, Actividades Aeroespaciais S.A. 

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 Coordinator Country Portugal [PT]
 Project website
 Total cost 499˙758 €
 EC max contribution 410˙044 € (82%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (IADP Fast Rotorcraft)
 Code Call H2020-CS2-CFP03-2016-01
 Funding Scheme CS2-IA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2020-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    Active Space Technologies, Actividades Aeroespaciais S.A. PT (COIMBRA) coordinator 209˙334.00


 Project objective

The ultimate goal of the iGear (Intelligent Gearbox for Endurance Advanced Rotorcraft) project is the development of an on-the-fly Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). This innovative system will be applied to the lateral rotor gearboxes and engine to main gearbox reduction stages, in the framework of LifeRCraft demonstrator for the Fast Rotorcraft IADP. This topic is of high importance in order to promote enabling technologies for next generation gearboxes comprising new materials, namely composite or ceramic. The primary objective of the iGear proposal is to assess technologies suitable to characterize health monitoring condition of gearboxes, mainly by enabling the provision of the localization and early detection of gearing and bearing failure. The ultimate goal is the early detection of on-going failures to allow for prompt maintenance or part replacement. This project inherits significant knowledge and developments made by Active Space Technologies and Cranfield University during former or ongoing research activities related to solutions performing in harsh environments, namely accelerometers, temperature detectors, and acoustic emission sensors. In this project we will need an innovative approach to the use of ceramic ball bearings for the high speed shaft. The combination of vibration, oil analysis, among other technologies, will be used for both the Lateral Rotor Gearboxes and the Engine to Main Gearbox reduction stages. The key innovation we propose is the use of data fusion across condition indicators (Cis) to increase the robustness of diagnosis. We will seek to avoid excessive computation while maintaining traceability to acceptable rule-based diagnosis and probability, e.g. by adopting fuzzy logic for signal fusion. We will also examine the effectiveness of a system oriented approach, seeking to understand the sensitivities around the health state transitions, which must be transmitted to the user rather than solely focussing on damage measurements.


List of deliverables.
Dissemination, communication and exploitation plan Documents, reports 2019-07-19 12:14:15

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year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Cristobal Ruiz-Carcel, Andrew Starr, James R. Ottewill, and Victor H. Jaramillo
Vibration analysis under varying operating conditions for rotorcraft gearbox monitoring
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14th International Conference on Vibration Engineering and Technology of Machinery (VETOMAC XIV) 2020-02-28
2018 Cristobal Ruiz-Carcel, Andrew Starr, James R. Ottewill, and Victor H. Jaramillo
Vibration-based Rotorcraft Gearbox Monitoring Under Varying Operating Conditions
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Proceedings of the European Conference of the PHM Society 2020-02-28

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