Bell Helicopter and the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) are advancing the state-of-the-art for Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) Technologies. The Bell team for this program includes risk sharing partners Honeywell International and Goodrich Corporation, in addition to a variety of internationally recognized universities, small businesses, and consultants.
The purpose of this advanced technology program is to demonstrate an integrated set of diagnostic, prognostic and system health assessment technologies to support Army Operations Support and Sustainment Technology (OSST) objectives and enable transition to a CBM based philosophy.
The overarching goal of CBM is to set in place maintenance processes, technologies, and capabilities that improve operational availability and reduce the overall maintenance burden. Some examples of the technologies Bell and AATD are developing are in the area of corrosion detection, electrical component prognostics, fatigue damage detection, and various rotor system prognostics.
Bell will begin testing various elements of this system later this year with the program targeted to complete in 2010.