Cranfield University’s Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre has marked nearly a decade of working with Boeing AHM (Aircraft Health Monitoring) by developing and delivering a key piece of software to the company, enabling it to diagnose impending faults in aircraft environmental control systems (ECS).

SESAC (Simscape ECS Simulation for All Conditions), software developed by the IVHM Centre, simulates faults in aircraft ECS. This simulation enables aircraft engineers and mechanics to better diagnose faults when they happen and to take timely and preventative action.  This directly influences aircraft maintenance and operating costs. 

SESAC will be used by Boeing in its AHM software which services many airlines around the world.

The delivery of this software is being seen by the two organisations as a major milestone in an ongoing long-term programme of work. Generic technology resulting from the programme is being extended by the company to include other important sub-systems on the aircraft, which is applicable to virtually all aircraft types. 

Cranfield University and Boeing have worked together in the Integrated Vehicle Health Management field for nearly ten years, with the aim of furthering the research and development in this advanced field of technology and translating the results into world-leading commercial offerings.

John Maggiore, Managing Director, Maintenance and Leasing Solutions, Boeing Digital Aviation, said, “Boeing is proud of the fruitful partnership with Cranfield University and the ongoing work programme with the Cranfield IVHM Centre.  It is yet another way in which we can embed industry-leading and innovative capabilities into our customer solutions such as Boeing Airplane Health Management, a key part of the Boeing AnalytX suite.”

Professor Ian Jennions, Centre Director, said “With the addition of the Boeing 737 test bed we now have the ability to deliver research to companies like Boeing from the fundamentals in the lab, to real world on the plane, across the full range of technology readiness levels. This range of research makes the IVHM Centre an exciting place to be for both staff, students, and industry.”

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About IVHM

Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) is a maturing discipline bringing together the use of intelligent sensors and real-time data communication to enable operations and maintenance decisions, based on accurate condition monitoring of equipment and assets. IVHM has wide application across a range of vehicles and sectors including aerospace (defence, space and commercial), marine, automotive, rail, energy, health, agriculture and manufacturing.


About the Cranfield IVHM Centre

Launched with Boeing in 2008, the Cranfield IVHM Centre researches and develops innovative Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) concepts and technologies and seeks to accelerate them into the market with a focus on delivering business benefit. Since its launch, the Centre has developed a mature research programme (over 40 projects delivering capability up to Technology Readiness Level 6) with a total research investment of over £12m. Research projects, while strongly focused on aerospace, have covered a wide range of sectors. Additionally, the Centre has: published over 100 technical papers; edited five books; influenced international policy and standards (SAE, PHM, RAeS, HealthMap NTC) and run internationally-recognised short courses.


About Boeing in the UK

Boeing employs more than 2,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth.  In 2013 Boeing celebrated 75 years of partnership with the United Kingdom, the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry.  Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners.  Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2016 was £2.1 billion and the company supports an estimated 16,500 jobs in the UK supply chain, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property.  For more information visit or follow us on Twitter @BoeingUK.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.