Data analysis has become a vital element of aero-engine design, operation and maintenance, and its role will only become increasingly important as hardware, software and processes improve.
To reflect this new reality, Engine Yearbook 2019 has more data and digital-focused content than ever before.
Engine health management is one of the key uses of engine data, so Lufthansa Technik discusses how it has developed its own solutions for ‘digital twin’ engines, and where it thinks these improve upon even the OEMs’ own technology.
Of course, data needs to be collected in the first place, so two feature-length articles examine sensor technology, data processing on-board the aircraft and data communication, which in the future will increasingly be a two-way stream between aircraft and support teams.
Meanwhile, an investigation into future maintenance technologies will examine how hardware and software will combine – for instance at the intersection of robotics and machine learning – to transform on-wing maintenance and overhaul shops.
Elsewhere, we examine how intelligent software can streamline maintenance planning, modelling current operations and simulating into the future across entire engine fleets.
And if that’s not enough, we look at how data-driven solutions to track the life remaining in military engine parts could hold important lessons for civil operators and MRO providers.
Other topics this year include the challenges faced by independent engine maintenance providers, an engine aftermarket forecast based on Aviation Week data and a catch-up on development of the GE9X – the world’s largest aircraft engine.
Alongside these features Engine Yearbook 2019 will also include the most up-to-date and comprehensive directories of engine and APU overhaul and repair providers around the world.