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Aston-Airbus collaboration to study new fuel gauging technologies

06 August 2015

Aston University and Airbus are to collaborate in a significant Aerospace Technology Institute project called 'Fuel & Systems Integrated Research' (FSIR).

Airbus A380 (image: Shutterstock)

Part of this project involves the evaluation of four novel photonic techniques for measuring liquid levels and will see the development of the most promising of these techniques for potential application in aircraft fuel gauging.

The work will be carried out by Aston’s Institute of Photonic Technologies and involves the assessment of four novel photonic techniques for measuring liquid levels in the fuel tank of an aircraft, with prototypes being constructed of the most successful candidates.

The goal is to explore alternative technologies to the capacitance-based electronic devices that are currently used for measuring fuel levels in aircraft. The new sensors will have the advantages of reduced weight whilst more easily achieving current Intrinsic Safety requirements due to the elimination of electrical devices within the fuel tank.

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