Published On: Mon, Jun 11th, 2018

Groundbreaking Research Collaboration : Israeli University to Monitor U.S. Army Aircraft Engine Safety

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to improve Aircraft engine monitoring.

The United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have Signed a groundbreaking research agreement to Monitor Aircraft Engine Safety and improve engine monitoring.

AFRL is a global technical enterprise leading the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for U.S. air, space and cyberspace forces.

AFRL focuses its research on developing new technology in aerospace; sensors; information; munitions; materials and manufacturing processes; directed energy; space vehicles, and improving human performance.

Prof. Jacob Bortman, head of BGU’s Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Lab, who worked on the algorithms in the Israel Air Force as head of materiel command, will continue development in his lab. His advanced diagnostic and prognostic algorithms will leverage over a three-year agreement the monitor engine safer and less costly.

says Prof. Bortman said: “We are proud to collaborate with the AFRL, a world-leading lab to bring the aeronautical industry closer to achieving ‘condition-based maintenance’. The agreement for developing advanced monitoring algorithms has the potential to affect a strategic change in aircraft maintenance while increasing the safety of flight.”

Prof. Bortman is also head of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Flight Course Academic Program at BGU, and is leading the University’s coordination with the IDF as it moves its technology and training units to Beer-Sheva next to the Advanced Technologies Park that is adjacent to the University’s Marcus Family Campus.

The AFRL agreement was signed under the auspices of the Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure.

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