Modular, Portable, Reconfigurable, and Wireless Sensing System for the Aircraft Cabin

    Volume 5, Issue 4 (April 2008)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 25 April 2008

    Page Count: 9


    Loo, Sin Ming
    Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID

    Owen, Michael
    Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID

    Kiepert, Josh
    Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID

    Planting, Arlen
    Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boise State University, Boise, ID

    (Received 14 December 2007; accepted 16 March 2008)

    Abstract

    This paper describes the design and prototyping of a modular, portable, reconfigurable, and wireless multi-purpose sensor system for monitoring and recording environmental conditions in aircraft cabins. The objective of this small portable embedded sensing system is to record aircraft cabin conditions on flights of convenience to generate a large database for determination of normal conditions. By designing a sensor system that can be easily reconfigured for different needs (with the ability and flexibility to accommodate different/extra sensors), the system can be used to measure parameters that meet multiple research requirements. Through design considerations such as generalized signal interface and hierarchical code structure that can be easily reworked for new sensors, this sensor system has been developed for optimum usefulness in aircraft environment research. In the current setup, the system is configured with temperature, humidity, sound level, carbon dioxide, and pressure sensors. The system has been calibrated in the laboratory without the use of a pressure chamber. Data from ten flights are presented in this paper.


    Paper ID: JAI101638

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI101638

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    Title Modular, Portable, Reconfigurable, and Wireless Sensing System for the Aircraft Cabin
    Symposium Airliner Cabin Environment: Recent Progress in Characterization, 2008-04-11
    Committee D22