Engine health monitoring for the Joint Strike Fighter

Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) // August 10, 2014

Vibration-based prognostics and health monitoring (VPHM) technologies enable early identification and isolation of faults in a critical rotating component in the engine and provide a capability for consistently tracking fault progressions.

DSTO is recognised as a world leader in VPHM technologies as a result of the research and developmental work it has done in this field over the past 30 years. Because of this, the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office has funded a project under the JSF Science and Technology Advisory Board for DSTO to adapt its advanced VPHM technologies for use on the JSF engine.

The adapted technologies were successfully validated through computer software using JSF engine vibration data, and in early 2012, they were transitioned to the JSF engine manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney.

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