INDIKAR: Interdisiciplinary Cabin Architectures
Feasibility analysis of wireless communications as a technological foundation for airborne safety-critical applications.
The state of the art in data communications onboard aircraft is based on wire-based data communications, mostly making use of metal-cored transmission medium (e.g. cooper, aluminum), but also making use of optic fibers. Currently there is no certified wireless communication system among civil aircraft for the transmission of data supporting safety-critical applications. One of the biggest challenges at the time of enabling the implementation of this technology is the development of a system concept which will fulfill the functional as well as the safety requirements, which are mandatory in the field of aeronautics.
The main objective of the project is the analysis of the feasibility of wireless technologies for safety-critical applications. In order to achieve this goal, the possible functional failures of wireless data communications as well as their sources must be identified. Additionally, a model for the reliability of wireless communication will be developed and the parameters of this model identified, in order to implement them in a test bench. After the completion of the experimental phase and the analysis of the collected data, a validation of the developed model will be carried out.
Finally, a specific wireless data communication system will be analyzed for assessing its dependability.