Engine Condition Monitoring System for the Canadian Forces F404-GE-400 Engine
DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE OTTAWA (ONTARIO)
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With the acquisition of the CF-18 fighter aircraft in 1982, the Canadian Forces have developed advanced engine condition monitoring techniques and software programs to aid in the life cycle management of the General Electric F4O4-GE-4OO engine. The early programs that provided parts life and engine maintenance tracking have recently been replaced by PC-based, graphical user interface systems that not only provide configuration and usage management, but have diagnostic and prognostic capabilities as well. These developments have made the Engine Condition Monitoring System ECMS unique among F4O4 users and have conclusively demonstrated significant resource savings in terms of personnel and spares procurement in addition to increased effectiveness at all levels of maintenance. This paper describes the Engine Condition Monitoring System and the impact it has had on the CF-18F4O4 engine maintenance program.
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