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Wireless Aircraft Fuel Quantity Indication System

Bommer, Jason and Robb, Andy and Martinez, Rene and Ramamurthy, Shashi and Harrigan, Jason and Muniganti, Harikiran and Mannangi, Vivekanand and Vinoy, KJ (2014) Wireless Aircraft Fuel Quantity Indication System. In: 9th IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS), FEB 18-20, 2014, Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND, pp. 305-310.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1109/SAS.2014.6798966


A wireless fuel quantity indication system (FQIS) has been developed using an RFID-enabled sensing platform. The system comprises a fully passive tag, modified reader protocol, capacitive fuel probe, and auxiliary antenna for additional energy harvesting. Results of fluid testing show sensitivity to changes in fluid height of less than 0.25in. An RF-DC harvesting circuit was developed, which delivers up to 5dBm of input power through a remote radio frequency (RF) source. Testing was conducted in a loaded reverberation chamber to emulate the fuel tank environment. Results demonstrate feasibility of the remote source to power the sensor with less than 1W of maximum transmit power and under 100ms dwell time (100mW average power) into the tank. This indicates adequate coverage for large transport aircraft at safe operating levels with a sample rate of up to 1 sample/s.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the IEEE, 345 E 47TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10017 USA
Keywords: fuel quantity indication system; RFID; wireless; energy harvesting; sensor
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 07:14
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2015 07:14
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51749

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