Failure mechanisms of legacy aircraft wiring and interconnects

Brian G. Moffat, Eitan Abraham, M. P Y Desmulliez, Dennis Koltsov, Andrew Richardson

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This paper presents a comprehensive list of the causes and modes of failure and ageing in legacy aircraft wiring and interconnects. Taxonomies of the electrical, mechanical, chemical and thermal stresses that contribute to the various stages of ageing and/or failure are presented. A Failure Modes Effects and Analysis (FMEA) is conducted to categorize the most serious failures. The order of severity in the FMEA is backed up by maintenance data gathered by the Royal Air Force (RAF) base Brize Norton during routine inspection. © 2008 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4543119
Pages (from-to)808-822
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • Contact fretting
  • Dry arcing
  • Failure mode effects and analysis (FMEA)
  • Hydrolytic scission
  • Insulation degradation
  • Interconnect degradation
  • Series arcing
  • Standing waves
  • Wet arcing


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