This October, the kick-off meeting for the Horizons 2020 Clear Sky 2 ALGeSMo project was held in Fribourg, Switzerland, hosted by Meggitt Sensing Systems (MSS). Meggitt is the main contractor of the project in which Technobis is partnering with the renowned Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR).
The ALGeSMo project is developing a system that will measure load at the landing gear. This will provide load data for use in aircraft systems that can be integrated with aircraft health monitoring, hard landing detection, flight management and flight controls. The project is taking a fully integrated system from post-TRL 4 through to flight test on a single-aisle aircraft and to the demonstration of a working aircraft-integrated system at TRL 6. This includes the integration of load and torque sensors into large passenger aircraft landing gear to provide robust, accurate, reliable load measurements and the potential for health monitoring capability. The sensors will measure loads using Fibre Bragg Grating technology integrated into Airbus-patented landing gear. The project covers a complete framework of activities, starting with the integration of dedicated optical fibres into composite structures, the readout of the optical fibre sensor with state-of-the-art miniature and reliable ASPIC-based FBG Interrogator Technology from Technobis.