Naval aviation aging wiring: prognostic and diagnostic solutions
Nieto, Mark E.
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The Navy and Marine Corps provide key forward-presence, crisis response and war-fighting capabilities to our nation's leaders and joint commanders. Naval Aviation plays a central role in every naval mission. Unfortunately, the tools of naval aviation's power, its aircraft, are becoming alarmingly old. The average age of the naval aviation inventory is in excess of eighteen years old. The nerve center of today's sophisticated aircraft, wiring, is also aging and in some cases aging faster than the aircraft themselves. This study was initiated to determine the state of aging aircraft wiring in naval aviation, explore emerging technological solutions to support these systems as they age, and make a recommendation for a course of action. This thesis provides an overview of the aging wiring problem and performs an analysis of possible technological solutions. Specifically, several prognostic and diagnostic technologies exist in the field of aircraft wiring. This thesis will discuss and evaluate these technologies in terms of ramifications, implementation, costs and benefits. Simple cost and cost savings models for technology application will be formulated using data from the Navy TAS training program and commercial airlines to make a purchase recommendation to the Naval Air Systems Command's Aging Aircraft Integrated Process Team
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