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HUMMS Project completed

In March 2008 Qudos was invited to join an existing consortium led by Qinetiq and BCF Ultra Electronics in a project that had been running for 18 months. Other contributors included iSLI and Heriot-Watt University. The requirement was for Qudos to provide design consultancy & prototype manufacture of Sensors to go under SEEDA HealthMap Project 1 Wiring Conductor Monitoring.

Modern civil and military aircraft contain huge amounts of wiring, and monitoring of its airworthy condition is currently only carried out during ground based maintenance. This project envisages a system that can monitor wires for various parameters: heat, electrical, humidity and stress; whilst inflight and thus improve efficiency of ground-based maintenance.

By the end of the project in December 2009, Qudos had successfully produced a first iteration of sensor chips for each parameter. These were tested by Heriot-Watt University for BCF Ultra Electronics.

Ultra Electronics are now taking the lead in the exploitation of the knowledge created during the project and are looking to progress the Sensors further towards market. As the prototype manufacturers Qudos look forward to continuing their involvement in the next stages of this project.

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