The test values from the diodes will be used by NLR’s modelling and simulation department to create a predictive model. Industrial designers will be able to use the model to make improvements to the generators, and to explore new diode mounting possibilities. “It’s valuable to know what the limits are of the parts of an aircraft. Weight is such an important factor in aerospace that even if you can save a little it adds up in fuel savings over the course of thousands of hours of flying,” De Boer says. “It might also reduce the need for maintenance, thereby increasing the availability of the plane.”
After the initial phase of testing, the first version of the model can be developed. “This phase is the most important, as it will give us the information to build our fatigue model,” De Boer explains. “The other two phases are there to see if the model is correct.” The final model should be finished a few weeks after the final tests.