Gas Turbine Distributed Control Systems: Power Supply and Communication Data Bus Design Considerations PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Kurt Sobanski

Pratt & Whitney

Ken Martin, Fong Shi, Brad Greenway

Boeing ISDS

Paper No. 98-GT-414, pp. V005T15A030; 8 pages
  • ASME 1998 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 5: Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Ceramics; Structures and Dynamics; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation; Education
  • Stockholm, Sweden, June 2–5, 1998
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7866-8
  • Copyright © 1998 by ASME


Over the past several decades, gas turbine control systems have evolved from hydro-mechanical systems to full authority redundant electronic systems. One advanced technology with potential to revolutionize the way engine system designers build new products is high temperature distributed controls. Distributed control systems put electronics close to control functions and reduce the number of interconnects between central processors and sensors or effectors. In distributed systems, power and data buses take the place of multiple discrete analog wire bundles found in centralized control systems. Distributed modules interconnected with power and data buses control effectors such as hydraulic actuators or solenoid valves and read sensors to measure pressures, temperatures and speeds. With distributed controls, many gas turbine applications will require high temperature electronics ruggedized to survive the demanding environment.

For these new systems, manufacturers must determine how to maximize the use of standard interfaces and electronic components and minimize the use of custom parts. Two particular areas would benefit the aerospace industry include distributed system power supplies and communication data buses since these designs play an important role in system cost, weight, size and reliability. Interface standardization will benefit engine manufacturers by lowering system cost and enabling inter-changeability of distributed engine control components from different suppliers. Careful attention to architectural design details for the power supplies and data buses can lead to systems that meet the needs of end users.

Copyright © 1998 by ASME
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