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Data Networks and Smart Sensors for Safety-Critical Avionics Applications

High channel count sensor and actuator devices are needed to tackle bulky wiring bundles introduced by the growing number of functions in aircrafts. In new avionic systems, communications between devices across different application domains are needed, which drastically increases information flow within the aircraft.

Wiring bundles and demand for a much higher communication bandwidth raise serious challenges requiring the development of new avionic data buses, smart sensors, and network interfaces.

In responding to these technological challenges, this project aims at developing a new avionic communication network allowing a reduction of the complexity of cabling by adopting a lower wire-count solution, using state-of-the-art avionic data network technologies. Digital interfaces will be developed to connect legacy position sensors and actuators to data buses. Emerging Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and photonic technologies will be employed to develop new lightweight, contactless, and reliable position sensor in order to provide enhanced performance while reducing the cost of deployment and maintenance.


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