Challenge for the On-Wing Engine Inspection Project

Challenge: Consistent Images: Jet Engine Inspection Design Challenge

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Brief for Consistent Images: Jet Engine Inspection Design Challenge

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Read about them here. In this design challenge, we are exploring an entirely new solution for inspecting jet engines. Aircraft engines need to be routinely inspected to maintain dependability. The current system of on-wing inspection is time-consuming and imagery recorded during the inspections tend to be inconsistent from operator to operator and from inspection to inspection. A new inspection device or an improved technique that allows for repeatable, consistent images of the same engine would have revolutionary impacts on the industry – leading to improved predictability of engine wear and tear, planned downtimes, and eventually fewer missed flights due to the ever familiar “technical reasons”. HOW ENGINES ARE CURRENTLY INSPECTED:In a typical inspection of a GE engine, the operator inserts a borescope into an access port, and manipulates the attached camera to view the part under inspection. The operator then makes a pass-fail call on the quality of the part and moves on to the next. This inspection method has been around for decades, but the manual nature of this inspection results in significant variability in image capture from operator to operator and even from instance to instance. This variability makes “tracking” the condition of a part or any automation in the defect detection process impractical.Current Jet Engine Inspection ProcessSubject to Official Rules. Contest opens on 9am EST on December 21, 2016.  Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm EST February 13, 2017 to be eligible.  Free FUSE account required. Employees and contractors of GE and Local Motors and any of their respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.
Go check out the requirements for additional information.

Awards

First Place
$18,000
$18,000 USD Cash Prize
Second Place
$10,000
$10,000 USD Cash Prize
Third Place
$2,000
$2,000 USD Cash Prize
Fourth Place
$500
Up to 3 Honorable Mention winners will recieve $500 USD Cash Prize
Fourth Place
$500
Up to 3 Honorable Mention winners will recieve $500 USD Cash Prize
Fourth Place
$500
Up to 3 Honorable Mention winners will recieve $500 USD Cash Prize

Requirements for Consistent Images: Jet Engine Inspection Design Challenge

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Requirements

  • The proposed solution should generate Consistent Images
    • The proposed solution should ensure that all inspection zones are captured and images recorded from the same angle, distance and lighting every time an inspection is done. 
    • The proposed solution must be adaptable to multiple geometries and dimensions which may exist within various engine models. 
  • There should be Sufficient Image Resolution
    • All generated images must meet or exceed the current resolution of 440k.
    • The desired resolution is 2MP resolution.
  • The proposed design solution should not require any modifications to the engines or access ports. See Ignition Kit for details. 
  • Any hardware that needs to be inserted into the engine should be 100% retrievable.
    • Proposed solutions should include a fool-proof retrieval mechanism for any hardware proposed. If an irretrievable probe is suggested, you must provide an explanation of why the probe may be sacrificed and how sacrificing it does not damage the engine or affect its performance in any way.
  • The proposed solution must, at a minimum, meet the same standards as a standard borescope device, in 
    • Heat resistance 
      • Any device suggested in the proposed solution should be tolerant to heat or auxiliary cooled to allow engine to be inspected sooner after engine shut down.
      • Any device suggested in the proposed solution for use in connection with the combustor and HPT blades should be tolerant of 150 °C (302 °F) or higher.
    • Durability
      • The proposed system/solution must be easy to repair.
      • Components that are subject to damage or wear must be repairable or replaceable by an operator.

Guidelines

The objective of the Competition is to leverage imaging technology advances over the years to design a jet engine on-wing inspection system that can capture consistent images of the combustion chambers, high pressure turbine rotor blades, and stationary high pressure turbine nozzles and shrouds; and display images for visual inspection by an operator.

OPPORTUNITY:  
Up to 6 winning Entries will be awarded cash prizes of $18,000, $10,000, $2,000 USD and three $500 USD respectively from a total prize pool of ($31,500). 

Should a team be awarded as winner, the cash prizes will be provided to the Team Leader for distribution amongst the Team members.

TEAMS:
Multiple individuals may collaborate as a team. You may not participate on more than one team. You must register individually for the Challenge before joining a team.  You will need to identify your team, as well as the team leader, at the outset of the Entry in accordance with the requested Entry deliverable. 

A single individual member must serve as an official representative for each team as the team leader. If more than one leader is named for a team, the team will be disqualified from the Challenge.  Team leader is the person submitting the entry. There is no size limit to team size. 

TIMELINE:

  • December 21, 2016 at 10AM EST- Challenge opens to all eligible participants.
  • February 13, 2017 at 11:59PM EST - Challenge closes and all Entries must be submitted.
  • February 14, 2017 at 12:00AM EST - Validation opens for all submitted Entries. 
  • February 20 at 11:59PM EST - Validation closes and Judging occurs.
Winners will be announced on or about March 28, 2017. 
The server hosting the Competition Website is the official time clock for the Competition. 


JUDGING CRITERIA:
Entries will be evaluated based on compliance with Entry Requirements as well as upon a combination of the following:

  • Ability to perform inspection for which the proposed solution is intended;
  • Adherence to Entry Criteria Requirements
  • Creativity and originality of Entry
  • Durability of Proposed Solution
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Implementation costs
  • Ability to commercialize

Up to six Entries that best meet the Judging Criteria will be selected as Finalists and will be invited to move on to an Interview during which time Finalists will have the opportunity to explain the technology described in their Entry to the Judging Panel via a web conference. 

Deliverables

Entries must be in English, in PDF report format, no more than 20 pages and should contain the following information and elements:  

  • brief description (suggested 500 words max) of the problem and proposed solution, including an explanation of how the solution improves upon existing imaging technology methods.
  • Drawings, including identification of major design dimensions and other significant design elements such as power sources and imaging systems.
  • A summary of your proposed solution that includes the following:
    • A detailed description of the proposed inspection solution.
    • An analysis of how the proposed solution will yield consistency between images (For the purposes of this Competition, “consistent images” are those which permit unique identification of parts and which maintain identical angle, distance and lighting each time the image captures a part);
    • An explanation of the speed and efficacy of the proposed inspection method; and
    • A suggested process for retrieval and/or storage of images without loss of resolution 
  • summary of the technologies being utilized, including any relevant scientific data, equations, and algorithms used in your solution.
  • A brief description of your experience, background and capabilities (and your Team's) including relevant past projects and experiences, and the name of each team member.
If the solution involves CAD or software content, the drawings or pseudo-code must be provided. (This can be counted outside the 20-page limit

Subject to Official Rules. Contest opens on 9am EST on December 21, 2016.  Must submit at least one Entry by 11:59pm EST February 13, 2017 to be eligible.  Free FUSE account required. Employees and contractors of GE and Local Motors and any of their respective parents, affiliates or subsidiaries are ineligible.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.


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Entry list for Consistent Images: Jet Engine Inspection Design Challenge

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