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A decade or two back, virtually every transport ran on fossil fuels and combustion engines. These engines, even with their low efficiencies and pollution issues, had no viable replacements and therefore persisted. However, past 20 years have seen an enormous shift towards ‘cleaner’ energy. With fossil fuels being eliminated out of every possible scenario, transport has also shifted significantly towards electric power.
Find out more about hybrid electric system configurations by downloading this article.
This article examines the current state of MEA plane designs, the industry focus on Energy Optimized Aircraft, what projects are currently in testing phase, and the many advantages to switching from hydraulic actuators to electric ones.
In an era of global warming, ever increasing levels of carbon in the atmosphere, and increasingly dirty and expensive methods being required to extract fossil fuels, the time is right for the aviation industry to explore innovative new propolusion technologies.
Read about the electric future and the disrupters driving the aviation industry towards electric propolusion in this article.
Dr. Christian Ian Hill from the University of Nottingham gave a presentation on last years conference about causes of regeneration in EMAs, options for energy management, modelica library for electro-mechanical actuator system studies including fault scenarios and losses, AC distribution and aircraft electrical power systems.
The aircraft industry is looking seriously at Hybrid Electric aircraft to allow a distributed propulsion approach (HEDP).
Peter Malkin from the University of Newcastle shares his presentation and gives insights into these systems, highlighting the usage of large multi megawatt electric power networks that can meet the requirements of aerospace applications and in particular power density.
Darcy Allison from Air Force Reserach Laboratory shows insights into optimized integrated multidisciplinary sytems (OPTIMUS).
Look at his presentation from last years conference and read about their in-house AFRL OPTIMUS program, including design analysis and optimization, effectiveness-based design, centrality of propulsion system to thermal subsystem and aircraft performance and approaches to solve these issues.
Professor Pat Wheeler from the University of Nottingham shares his presentation on the following topics:
- Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group
- The More Electric Aircraft & All Electric Aircraft
- Case Study: Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch Systems for Civil Aircraft
- Case Study: Aircraft Starter/Generator
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