There is a major thrust worldwide on developing affordable Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technologies in aerospace, automotive and other areas. The fundamental objective is to enhance availability, increase safety and reduce unscheduled maintenance costs. IVHM enables fault detection, isolation, root cause analysis and potential diagnostics. In addition, it aims at developing robust algorithms to predict the onset of a fault, minimizing false alarms and estimating the remaining useful life of the mission despite the adversity. IVHM optimally integrates technologies in sensors, vehicle systems, prognostics and diagnostics.

NASA and CSIR-NAL have received an award to jointly organize the first Indo-US Workshop on IVHM and Aviation Safety (WIAS), sponsored by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) from January 9th to 10th, 2012 in Bangalore, which is the aerospace hub of the country.

The purpose of the workshop is to deliberate, discuss and evolve the state of the art aerospace systems’ health management strategies, and identify opportunities for collaboration between US & Indian Institutions. This will help orchestrate preparation of IVHM roadmap into the future. This is an attempt, initiated at NAL, in the direction of creating an ecosystem among R&D, Academics and Industry on the subject matter as a part of the IVHM Mission for aerospace industry. We thus see unprecedented opportunities for discussions and knowledge networking in the areas of IVHM.

Participation from following organizations is confirmed:

  • leading US academic institutions including Stanford, Georgia Tech and Auburn Universities
  • US Industries including GM, GE, Honeywell,MEGGITT and Other agencies like FAA, SRI International and CALCE, Univ of Maryland
  • European organizations viz. IVHM Center of Excellence, Cranfield, UK; LMS International, Belgium;
  • Top Indian Academia like IITs & IISc, R&D (like DRDO, CSIR, DST, DOS), Industry (GE, GM, HCL, TCS, INFOSYS, Boeing, NI, Cassidian, Mathworks, LMS etc.,) Regulatory (DGCA) and Armed Forces.

  • The IVHM program envisages close cooperation of R&D, Academia and Industry (national and international) and has immediate applications to legacy, current and future generation aircraft and other programs.

    Expected outcome

  • Collaborations on development of IVHM methodologies, architectures, diagnostics & prognostics algorithms, modeling & simulation
  • Close cooperation among US & Indian academic institutions and research centers
  • Collaborations on crucial topics in IVHM thus complementing each other’s resources
  • Road map of IVHM in the Indian and global context involving Indian counterparts from academic, R&D and Industrial institutions
  • Initiating right IVHM concepts in the design of Next gen civil aircraft