Challenge: Consistent Images: Jet Engine Inspection Design Challenge
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Brief for Consistent Images: Jet Engine Inspection Design Challenge
Requirements for Consistent Images: Jet Engine Inspection Design Challenge
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- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
The server hosting the Competition Website is the official time clock for the Competition.
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.
Entries must be in English, in PDF report
format, no more than 20 pages and should contain the following information and
- A 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
- A 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.
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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