Incidents like the 2019 Boeing 737 Max crash, which hinted at a failed pressure sensor, have fueled a larger debate on sensor selection, number and placement to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies.
Researchers have developed a comprehensive mathematical framework to help engineers make informed decisions about which sensors to use and where they must be positioned in aircraft and other machines.
“During the early design stage for any control system, critical decisions have to be made about sensors so that the system is optimized for measuring certain physical quantities of interest,” said Dr. Raktim Bhattacharya. “With our formulation, engineers can feed the model with information and the output will be the fewest sensors needed and their accuracy.”
Dr. Raktim Bhattacharya
- Associate Professor