UTC Aerospace Systems has obtained an exclusive license from Smart Fibres Ltd. to a fiber optic based technology for aircraft temperature sensing. The addition of this technology to the UTC Aerospace Systems portfolio supports the aerospace industry's growing need for more reliable, lightweight and easier-to-install sensing systems..
Aircraft overheat protection systems measure and monitor the temperature along aircraft bleed air ducts, control valves and in critical areas of the aircraft. Once implemented on aircraft, UTC Aerospace Systems' overheat protection systems based on fiber optic technology will be highly configurable, faster and easier for aircraft manufacturers to install, more reliable and lighter weight. They will also reduce the time for aircraft maintenance through more accurate fault location detection, and enable new uses for overheat detection systems, such as prognostic health management.
Fiber optic technologies are a key focus area for UTC Aerospace Systems. "After extensive analytical studies and testing we found that Smart Fibres' technology is the most promising, reliable and accurate solution for temperature sensing on aircraft," said Dr. Mauro Atalla, Vice President of Engineering and Technology, SIS, UTC Aerospace Systems. "We have been consistently increasing our investments in next generation technologies to deliver unmatched customer value and the development of optical sensing systems is aligned with that goal."