A Study on the Wireless Sensor Networks MAC Protocol for Aircraft Health Monitoring

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 295)


For the communication requirements of real-time, reliability, and energy consumption of clustering wireless sensor networks for aircraft health monitoring, we propose a modified TDMA protocol and relevant cluster members time synchronization mechanism. This modified TDMA protocol can adaptively allocate time slots based on sensor nodes data traffic, so that it can improve using efficiency of the channel, reduce the loss rate of the packets, time delay, and energy consumption. Along with the time slots, cluster head broadcasts its time stamps to sensor nodes, which adopt linear regression analysis method to estimate the relative drift and relative deviation of the clock. Then the sensor node could adjust its clock according to the head.


Aircraft Media access control Time synchronization Wireless sensor networks Time division multiple access 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, under grant number 51201182 and the Aeronautical Science Foundation of China, under grant number 20101996012. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PHM Lab, Aeronautic and Astronautic Engineering CollegeAir Force Engineering UniversityXianChina

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