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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.50M | Year: 2013

CAESARIS project aims at developing a new, integrated security and search-and-rescue airborne solution conceived to detect people, both above visible and hidden behind opaque layers (like foliage, trailer covers, boat covers) or in darkness and reduced visibility conditions. This solution will work on board of an aerial vehicle making exhaustive and intelligent use of state-of-the-art sensors: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Electro-Optical (EO) imagery in the visible range in an innovative way based on cognitive multispectral sensing. Considering the market opportunities in the field of security and search and rescue, CAESARIS team will develop a real-time configurable, plug-and-play and low Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) system that fulfils the requirements of the EU Security Agencies. Furthermore, CAESARIS will be able to detect and track targets on line of sight but also under opaque layers of materials (such as foliage, inside trucks, etc.) covering wide land and sea areas, 24/7, including bad weather conditions. Hence, the prime industrial objectives are: Development of a reconfigurable SAR sensor; Development of algorithms and software for the detection of targets hidden under non-transparent layers; Development of a software system for the automatic control of the multispectral sensing hardware in a context-aware manner; Development of a software module for the control of the cognitive multispectral sensing platform; Development of a pilot airborne platform. CAESARIS project has been built following the natural commercial relationship among companies that join forces to develop innovative and ambitious products. Therefore, the SMEs involved (Centum Solutions, MetaSensing, SmallGIS) take part in the project considering the complementary range of disciplines needed to develop CAESARIS concept. The RTD performers (Gradiant, Air Force Institute of Technology-ITWL, National Consortium for Telecommunications-CNIT) have been selected according to their key qualifications to meet project objectives and results and the complementarities between RTDs scientific excellence.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SEC-2009-3.4-01 | Award Amount: 1.41M | Year: 2010

The goal of this project is to elaborate an open architecture for the operation of unmanned air-to-ground wide area land and sea border surveillance platforms in Europe. This architecture is based on analysis of concepts and scenarios for UAV-based aerial surveillance of European borders. It takes into account the emerging legislation for insertion of UAS into controlled civil airspace. The technical aspects cover surveillance sensors, appropriate aerial platforms, secure datalinks, communication networks and generic ground control station. The project particularly focuses on cost-efficient solutions enabling maximum efficiency of the UAS operations for European border surveillance.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SEC-2007-3.3-02 | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2008

WIMAS addresses the Airborne building block of maritime surveillance with the potential for reduced cost of operation, more autonomous and improved efficiency through the introduction of air vehicles with reduced or zero onboard crew. Innovative concepts are required to support the integration of these new vehicles in a future European maritime surveillance system of systems. With 20 million km2, the surveillance of the European maritime domain has to be improved, according to the European Council, EC and Agencies such as FRONTEX. The urgent need is to control illegal immigration, but WIMAS will also contribute to other missions. You cannot control what you do not patrol. Even if cooperation is crucial, Air assets are a unique capability for wide area maritime surveillance because they provide situation awareness over extended areas (endurance, speed and long distance detection), re-direction to areas of interest (threat) and flexible reaction (inspection when needed). WiMAS will develop concepts and technologies for better operational use at lower costs of: - Maritime Surveillance Manned Airborne Vehicle (MS MAV) including existing Mission Aircraft with zero or reduced onboard tactical crew - Maritime Surveillance Optionally Piloted Vehicles (MS OPV) because regulations will not allow UAVs to fly across European Airspace for years to come. Intermediate solutions are required - Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Airborne Vehicle (MS UAV) because they will become a future key solution Supported by a User Group, WIMAS consortium will provide tangible results: - Simulation based on operational scenarios - Innovative concepts and technologies held by simulation (algorithmic modelling, remote control, sensor data fusion) - In flight experiment (remote control, crew concept) - Cost benefit analysis - Dissemination of results (workshops) - Roadmap towards the introduction of reduced-crew platforms and UAVs including R&T priorities and future programs.

The article deals with laboratory test method for jet fuels thermal stability testing. Author described the reasons that led to test rig preparation, its construction and operation principles. Innovative test rig for jet fuels thermal stability testing enables research in wide thermal conditions and different pressures. Testing capabilities and advantages compared with currently used standard test method of jet fuels thermal stability testing according to ASTM D3241 have been also presented. Source

Gebura A.,Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotniczych | Tokarski T.,Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotniczych
Solid State Phenomena | Year: 2013

Rolling-element bearings have been used in the engineering practice since the very beginning of the XIX century. The scientific literature on the subject is therefore rich. As rotational speeds of bearing shafts were getting higher, new problems appeared. Quite a new challenge to be faced were turbine engines with very high rotational speeds that considerably augmented both the scope of problems and the demand for fast and reliable diagnostic methods. The FDM-A diagnostic method (FM - frequency modulation, D - direct current, C - the level of the method's advancement) has been based on measurements of frequency modulation of the component of pulsation whereas the FAM-C method (FM - frequency modulation, C - alternating current, C - the level of the method's advancement, i.e. applications in the form of an automatic tester are in use) has been based on measurements of the alternating-current frequency. Both the methods have been developed at ITWL (Air Force Institute of Technology), Warsaw, Poland. Accuracy of these methods essentially results from the 'natural' synchronization of the sampling signal with the angular velocity of kinematic links under examination. The methods enable abrasive wear of a given subassembly to be determined and localised in the course of the power plant's regular operation. Possible is determination of numerous parameters of the bearings themselves, the bearing nodes, and the rotating (compressor-turbine) assembly, just to mention the degree of the rolling friction for any of the bearings, the smoothness of motion of the bearing cage, sizes of radial clearances, the level of abrasive wear of contact surfaces of both the bearing cage and the rolling element. A diagnostic unit is fitted to any item, e.g. an electrical joint, supplied with DC or AC voltage. What has been presented in the paper is findings from the performance testing of the aircraft turbine engine: the role of the 'generator - observer' has been played by a DC generator and a three-phase tachogenerator. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland. Source

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