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Transferring Power and Data inside an Aircraft Cabin

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247510D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 315K

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Abstract

This technology details a new method of transferring power and data inside an Aircraft cabin. The focus of this technology is to directly print circuits onto composite surfaces (eg: Floor Panels) to power passenger infotainment systems, lighting and non-essential services.

This technology can be used in all commercial aircraft, military transport aircraft and other fixed wing / rotor crafts in which floor panels made of composite materials are used. This technology in extended form can be applied across industrial segments like automotive and marine vehicles which use composite structures in their construction.

Currently Aircraft make use of extensive network of wires, connectors and other electrical peripherals to power the passenger seat, infotainment systems, cabin lighting and other electrical systems. The current solution is a combination of point to point (P2P) connectors, mini raceways adjacent to floor panels, below cross beams and along risers.

As with any aircraft application these come with stringent requirements. Some of the disadvantages this technology hopes to eliminate are:

1. Physical cables, multiple types of cables and connectors 2. Time spent in installation and cable routing 3. Weight and cost of wiring, cables, clamps and fasteners

The primary purpose of this technology is to eliminate the need for wires, cables, clamps and fasteners thereby achieving significant savings in cost and weight. At the same time this technology will provide a simpler, easy to install and efficient method for transferring power and data in the aircraft cabin.

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Transferring Power and Data inside an Aircraft Cabin

This technology details a new method of transferring power and data inside an Aircraft cabin. The focus of this technology is to directly print circuits onto composite surfaces (eg: Floor Panels) to power passenger infotainment systems, lighting and non-essential services.

This technology can be used in all commercial aircraft, military transport aircraft and other fixed wing / rotor crafts in which floor panels made of composite materials are used. This technology in extended form can be applied across industrial segments like automotive and marine vehicles which use composite structures in their construction.

Currently Aircraft make use of extensive network of wires, connectors and other electrical peripherals to power the passenger seat, infotainment systems, cabin lighting and other electrical systems. The current solution is a combination of point to point (P2P) connectors, mini raceways adjacent to floor panels, below cross beams and along risers.

As with any aircraft application these come with stringent requirements. Some of the disadvantages this technology hopes to eliminate are:

1. Physical cables, multiple types of cables and connectors

2. Time spent in installation and cable routing

3. Weight and cost of wiring, cables, clamps and fasteners

The primary purpose of this technology is to eliminate the need for wires, cables, clamps and fasteners thereby achieving significant savings in cost and weight. At the same time this technology will provide a simpler, easy to install and efficient method for transferring power and data in the aircraft cabin.

BENEFITS

TECHNICAL

1. Electrical circuits directly printed on floor panels eliminating the need for wires

2. ‘Plug and play’ connectors between floor panels

3. Introduction of features such as ‘wireless charging of passenger devices’ directly on the floor panel

4. Reduction in Verification and Validation process (IPM)

COMMERCIAL

1. Cost and Weight reduction – Elimination of wires, clamps, fasteners etc

2. Time saving - installation time and effort

3. Reduction in non-conformities arising due to manufacture / installation

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