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Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre
Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) is the transformation of system data on a complex vehicle or system (such as a luxury car or a commercial airplane) into information to support operational decisions and optimise maintenance. As such, IVHM is a capability, comprised of a number of technologies, that can be used across a number of sectors for business benefit.
IVHM is becoming increasingly important as OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) move from the traditional sale of a product, in which future income is dependent on spare part revenue, to selling a service in which steady monthly income can be derived in return for the effective maintenance of the asset. IVHM enables this transformation.
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The IVHM Centre delivers generic IVHM solutions from highly leveraged R&D spend within a pre-competitive environment which is our core research. We support commercialisation, reducing time to market and combine technology, business and technology transfer solutions.
We have a robust innovation cycle and applied research demonstrators with access to a world class IVHM community and new market opportunities which influence development of industry standards and policies.
The Centre delivers a IVHM short course yearly and contributes to MSc modules in such subjects as Diagnostics and Prognostics, and Instrumentation and Signal Processing. It has also acted as the focal point, and editor, for 3 recent SAE books on IVHM and an SAE webcast.
We have several facilities available including:
- UAV fuel rig with 5 degradation faults
- Machine Fault Simulator, for rotating machinery faults
- Environmental Chamber
- Energy harvesting test equipment
- Fibre-optic strain gauging (SME demo)
- Offset gear rig
- Helicopter rotor balance rig
The IVHM Centre can work with industry to help solve complex issues either through collaborative research projects or through direct consultation. We can work either directly with industry or through joint funding applications where appropriate.
All research/consultancy work undertaken is subject to Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in order to protect intellectual property (IP) of the company involved.
We have expertise in the following areas:
- Commercial rationale: business case and business modelling
- Diagnostics and prognostics
- Instrumentation and signal processing
- IVHM design system
Verification and validation of acoustic emission for structural health monitoring
Monitoring of acoustic emission from fatigue cracks is a well known technique for their detection and location. Fatigue cracks have been grown in panels of 2mm thick samples of 2014 aluminium.More
Introduction to Integrated Vehicle Health Management
19 May - 21 May 2015
Overview of Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology and its role in businesses. IVHM is discussed relevant to all industry sectors.More
The IVHM Centre works with a wide range of companies and public sector bodies in aerospace, automotive, railway, marine, energy, agriculture, health and environment. We have conducted research projects with the following partners:
- Alstom Transport
- BAE Systems
- Canadian NRC
- Critical Technologies
- Ministry of Defence
- NAL – India
- Thales Group
- Western Power Distribution.
- There are currently no case studies listed in this area.