QMT Features: March 2008
Aerospace 08 Preview
Aerospace Testing, Design & Manufacturing Expo 2008 takes place at the new Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, on15-17 April 2008.  The focus is on new technology and recruitment

On the Bauhaus Luftfahrt special feature zone, Designers’ Corner – the future of
Air Transport – results of a joint project with Technical University Coburg

Aerospace Testing, Design & Manufacturing Expo has been developed from the successful Aerospace Testing show format to cover the full spectrum of aerospace design, testing, evaluation, manufacturing, quality and compliance.

The exhibition brings together under one roof the latest technologies and capabilities from around the world. Leading companies participating include EADS Deutschland GmbH, MOOG FCS, Honeywell Sensing and Control, GE Inspection Technologies Systems GmbH and Olympus Industrial.

The show also offers a range of  free events, including technical seminars, live demonstrations and specialist workshops. Visitors will also be able to book places on technical tours of local centres of aerospace excellence, including the EADS Flight Test Centre and the Bundeswehr Technical and Airworthiness Center for Aircraft.
The recruitment of young people into the aerospace industry is a matter of vital importance and the show has a specially designed student programme.

This will include co-ordinated attendance by student groups from key aerospace programme universities in the region, notably the University of Bunderswehr & Technical University of Munich (TUM). The Bavarian Minister for Science & Education will make a keynote presentation on the importance of aerospace engineering to the German economy. Students will also be able to discuss career opportunities with aerospace companies.

A further visitor attraction is that the European Telemetry conference will be co-located with the show. Hosted by the German Society of Telemetering, the conference will focus on the most recent innovations in methods, systems, and
instrumentation from industry, researchers and laboratories all around the world.

Technical seminars and Master Class
New to the show this year will be a Flight Test Instrumentation Master Class given by Dr. Patrick Walter. Held on Tuesday 15th April, the 2-hour Master Class)will first provide a clear definition of the physical measurement problem and its associated challenges.  Topics to be covered include:

- Dynamic and electrical models for transducers
- Transducer mounting influences
- Cable associated errors
- Signal conditioning
- Data sampling guidance for resolution and rate
- Selection criteria for anti-aliasing filters

Technical seminars, free to visitors, will provide practical insights into a wide range of aerospace testing, design and manufacturing new technologies and challenges, using live case study material.

The free seminar programme has three broad streams. Auditorium One will feature sessions focused on design and manufacturing issues such as ALTER Technology Group Spain’s Juan Barbero talking about the evaluation of optoelectronic components for space applications.  Etienne Poirier, from EADS Test & Services, will be looking at the impact of Airbus changing its OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) testing philosophy for its A350 programme. Instead of focusing on equipment alone the emphasis has been shifted to the system level creating new challenges for suppliers during specification of the system and requiring them to adapt their test philosophy. Instead of pure testing of equipment hardware a verification on the system level is now required.

The emphasis in Auditorium Two is on testing, including aero NDT. Highlights include Adixen Sensistor’s Mikael Ekström talking about pin pointing aircraft fuel leaks in half the time and Gunnar-Jan Olsen from the Andøya Test Center, who will be discussing aerospace testing in the arctic. Felix Schwarberg from IABG will be detailing how military transporter the A400M has been going through strict airframe fatigue testing to evaluate areas such as its service life, damage tolerance behaviour and residual strength of the airframe.

 Also on the first day of the show (Tuesday April 15) in Auditorium Three, there will be technical seminars on telemetry. In one of these sessions QinetiQ’s Kevin Atkins will be looking at a high integrity open-architecture, Trials Control System (TCS), that supports networked testing, evaluation and training. QinetiQ has developed a TCS that integrates the complete suite of range sensors including tracking and surveillance radars, telemetry, data links and optical sensors. The design also supports network enabled range operations as well as allowing transportable configurations.

In addition to this, on day two of the show, the Society of Flight Test Engineers has organised a day of presentations from companies such as Airbus, QinetiQ, Saab Aerosystems and EADS Military to discuss various testing capabilities. l


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