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In the past 5 years, the intersection of high speed microprocessors, inexpensive data storage, and wireless communication technology has led to a paradigm shift in how physical assets are operated and monitored. While the use of Prognostic Health Monitoring has been fairly commonplace in military aircraft products over the past two decades or more, this paradigm shift has now bridged and expanded into the commercial aviation marketspace. Leveraging GE’s deep domain knowledge with data streams from engine assets is at the heart of the Digital Industrial revolution. Digital Industrial is more than just data. It’s maximizing value for customer fleets in a number of ways, including: Asset Monitoring, to help reduce unplanned maintenance and inspection burden; Fleet Optimization, to ensure flight paths and fuel burn are as efficient as possible; and Improved Reliability, to understand changes in operation severity that may adversely affect the performance of the product. And this is just the beginning. This presentation will illustrate the framework that makes the Digital Industrial possible in the aircraft engine industry, connecting the dots between sensors, digital twin models, and analytics to provide additional value to the customer. Examples will be provided to illustrate how analytics are used to help the customer and product. The presentation will also discuss some of the challenges facing industry today, providing context for future research directions.

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Speaker Bio

Dr. Eric J. Ruggiero received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 from the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures as a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. Upon graduation, Dr. Ruggiero started his industrial research career at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York. From 2011 through 2014, he served as Lab Manager for the Turbine Heat Transfer Technologies Laboratory, where he led global research teams on the innovation, design, test, and validation of advanced cooling schemes for gas turbines. At GE Global Research, he led $25MM in R&D efforts in the field of gas turbines for GE. He was recently promoted in 2014 to Engineering Manager for the Sustaining Commercial Thermal Systems Design team at GE Aviation in West Chester, Ohio. In this role, Dr. Ruggiero has responsibility for the hot gas path thermal design for GE’s commercial aviation fleet. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts, issued over 20 patents, and has received numerous awards from AIAA and ASME, including the 2013 AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award and an invitation to the 2013 NAE US Frontiers of Engineering Forum. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a Lifetime Member of the ASME. You can follow him on Twitter @EricRuggieroGE

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