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Condition-Based Maintenance Center

The Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) program at the University of South Carolina is an interdisciplinary group spanning four departments and includes students at all levels of education along with faculty members and military personnel.  The program combines research and implementation solutions to support the U.S. Army Aviation program.


IBM InterConnect 2015
CBM recently returned from IBM InterConnect 2015 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. While there, General Les Eisner delivered a presentation discussing the research currently being done at UofSC, the new partnership with IBM, and creation of the new Center for Applied Innovation. We invited you to watch the video.

Establishment of New Research Facility
University of South Carolina partners with IBM and Fluor Corp. to establish a new research facility. This new facility will be known as the Center for Applied Innovation and will allow students and faculty to form partnerships with IBM on new projects. One of these partnerships includes the agreement between IBM and USC's CBM center to further advance the ongoing condition-based maintenance research. 

CBM Team Partners with RTI for NIDays
On November 18th, CBM and RTI collaborated on an exhbit during NIDays 2014 in Washington, D.C. For the exhibit, the team used their IGB mini test stand to demonstrate what CBM is. With the help of RTI's DDS software, sensor data collected from the test bed was transferred to the RTI Data Bus where it could then be read by other subscribers and users. In this demonstration, that data was used to detect if there was a fault in the system. If there was a fault, then a screen would pop up telling the user what was going on and the necessary actions to take. 

HUMS Workshop
The CBM Center hosted a two-week hands-on Health and Usage Management System (HUMS) workshop on Oct. 20-31, 2014 in partnership with Boeing. After spending two weeks out at Boeing Mesa for the first half of the training, the attendees came out to USC. Attendees got to experience working first-hand with the Apache's HUMS system at CBM doing everything from getting their hands dirty doing changeouts, conducting test runs and data analysis. Workshop attendees included researchers from the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and a Boeing employee. CBM hopes to turn this workshop into a certificate course in the future.

CBM Center featured in New Article
Dr. Bayoumi talks about the CBM program and related research in the article, "As a Gamecock, my ingenuity has No Limits". The article also mentions how aerospace leaders are now turning to USC for aircraft research.

CBM Center Receives Two Research Grants
The Condition-Based Maintenance Center has received two new research grants totaling over $1.1 million. The two grants are titled:
  1. "Design, Build, and Operate a Blackhawk Auxiliary Power Unit Test Stand"
  2. "Identifying Benefits to the Soldier and Maintainer, and Identifying Efficiencies in the Operational Environment through Multi-Platform DSC/HUMS Analysis"
Both grants are funded by the SC National Guard/DOD and will be funded for one year.