Wireless Data System for Aircraft Component Monitoring – Sponsored by: Sikorsky Aircraft


ECE Team 193 & ME Team 32


Our goal is to design, prototype, and test a Wireless Test Instrumentation System that can be mounted in the tail of a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. The purpose of the system is to monitor the condition of tail pitch change bearings. The monitoring of the bearings allows for an assessment of when they need maintenance. A wireless system provides the advantage of being less susceptible to wear and loss in hostile environments than a slip-ring system. Wireless monitoring also eliminates the costly need of physically accessing the bearings to assess their condition.

Previous work on this problem can be found at ECE Team 167 and ME Team 29’s website: Wireless Test System for Rotating Parts