Matrix Interconnection System for Aircraft Wiring
Final rept. Jan 1972-Feb 1975
GRUMMAN AEROSPACE CORP BETHPAGE NY
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Work on this program has been accomplished to evaluate a total systems approach to aircraft interconnecting wiring. The program included the design and fabrication of two Matrix Interconnection Devices MID and Flat Conductor Flat Cable FCFC wiring systems. One Matrix Interconnection System has been electrically and environmentally tested and installed in an OH-6A mockup to demonstrate the systems potential for growth, maintainability, repair, circuit change and functional test. The second Matrix Interconnection System was acceptance tested, installed in an OH-6A mockup and used in conjunction with simulated avionic boxes containing representative electrical loads for preliminary evaluation of EMC and signal compatibility characteristics. An extensive comparative evaluation of the Matrix Systems performance was made with an OH-6A Systems Integration Test Stand SITS utilizing actual OH-6A avionic equipment interconnected first with conventional wiring and secondly with the Matrix Interconnection System. A flight test program was conducted comparing the conventional OH-6A wiring to the Matrix Interconnecting System. In addition a MIDFCFC design application guideline document and life cycle cost analysis have been prepared. Test results and cost analysis show the Matrix Interconnecting System for Aircraft Wiring offers superior system performance at substantial life cycle cost savings.
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