Full Proposal for a Smiths University Strategic Partnership in Advanced Electrical Power and Actuation Systems

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Research and Graduate Services

Abstract

This proposal describes the establishment of a Smiths Aerospace University Technology Strategic Partnership Centre (SA UTSP) at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the University of Warwick. The partnership involves the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at Nottingham and the School of Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Division at Warwick.The UTSP has a five year plan to research advanced power management, advanced power distribution and drives and advanced actuation in order to further the development of the more electric aircraft for civil, military and UAV applications. Six research streams focus on:o Integrative system modelling and electrical power system architectures,o Technologies and techniques for advanced power switching,o Technologies and strategies for high reliability actuation systems,o Technologies and strategies for enhanced heat transfer in aerospace systems,o Technologies for system integrity implementation / diagnosis and prognosiso Power converter topologies and control for electrical aircraft systems and power management.These core streams are expected to expand and attract other funding as the UTSP becomes established. The project aims, through its core streams, to close the gap between dream and reality in order to make a convincing case for the more electric aircraft. This requires work in two distinct research fields. The first is to find the optimal methods of using existing device capabilities and technologies and to identify any critical need for technology improvement. Determination of the most appropriate power system architecture is an example. The second is to research improved devices, which overcome the known limitations of existing components. Solid-state primary distribution switches and high power to weight ratio actuators are examples here. There are however five basic requirements to fulfil in each case. These are; minimum eventual projected cost, minimum weight, minimum volume, maximum reliability and maximum functionality.

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Description Six research streams focused on:
[1]Integrative system modelling and electrical power system architectures,
[2]Technologies and techniques for advanced power switching,
[3]Technologies and strategies for high reliability actuation systems,
[4]Technologies and strategies for enhanced heat transfer in aerospace systems,
[5]Technologies for system integrity implementation / diagnosis and prognosis
[6]Power converter topologies and control for electrical aircraft systems and power management.
The research undertaken has closed the gap between dream and reality in order to make a convincing case for the more
electric aircraft. The work has had two facets. The first has been to find the optimal methods of using existing device
capabilities and technologies and to identify critical needs for technology improvement. Studies to determination of the
most appropriate power system architecture is an example. The second facet has been to research improved devices,
which overcome the known limitations of existing components. Solid-state primary distribution switches and high power to weight ratio actuators are examples here. In all cases, the research has been addressing the five basic drivers. These are; minimum eventual projected cost, minimum weight, minimum volume, maximum reliability and maximum functionality.
Exploitation Route The findings are being taken forward to higher TRL levels in a number of ways. These include a follow on GE UTSP (100% industry funded) and subsequently UTSP 2020 (100% industry funded) and major EU Aerospace programmes (for example Clean Sky). In all cases the impact is to improve More Electric Aircraft performance with follow-on impacts of reduced environmental impact and lower transport costs.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine

 
Description The project concerned the establishment of a Smiths Aerospace University Technology Strategic Partnership Centre (SA UTSP) at the University of Nottingham in collaboration with the University of Warwick. This later became the GE Aviation strategic partnership (SMAPTPACT_ following acquisition of Smiths by GE. The partnership involves the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham and the School of Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Division at Warwick. The UTSP has followed a five year plan to research advanced power management, advanced power distribution and drives and advanced actuation in order to further the development of the more electric aircraft (MEA) for civil, military and UAV applications. Six research streams focused on: [1]Integrative system modelling and electrical power system architectures, [2]Technologies and techniques for advanced power switching, [3]Technologies and strategies for high reliability actuation systems, [4]Technologies and strategies for enhanced heat transfer in aerospace systems, [5]Technologies for system integrity implementation / diagnosis and prognosis [6]Power converter topologies and control for electrical aircraft systems and power management. The research undertaken has closed the gap between dream and reality in order to make a convincing case for the more electric aircraft. The work has had two facets. The first has been to find the optimal methods of using existing device capabilities and technologies and to identify critical needs for technology improvement. Studies to determination of the most appropriate power system architecture is an example. The second facet has been to research improved devices, which overcome the known limitations of existing components. Solid-state primary distribution switches and high power to weight ratio actuators are examples here. In all cases, the research has been addressing the five basic drivers. These are; minimum eventual projected cost, minimum weight, minimum volume, maximum reliability and maximum functionality.
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description EPSRC (Fault ID)
Amount £349,458 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H00419X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 09/2012
 
Description European Commission (EC) (Act 2015)
Amount £640,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 284915 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 11/2011 
End 11/2014
 
Description European Commission (EC) - Scarlett
Amount £183,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ACP7-GA-2008-211439 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 05/2008 
End 04/2012
 
Description European Economic Community (CS)
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Clean Sky 
Organisation European Economic Community 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2010 
End 12/2017
 
Description European Union Framework 6 (MOET)
Amount £200,000 (GBP)
Funding ID FP6-038061 
Organisation European Commission 
Department EC FP6 Collaborative Projects
Sector Academic/University
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2006 
End 07/2010
 
Description GE Aviation (UTSP 2020)
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation GE Aviation Systems 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 01/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description GE Aviation (UTSP)
Amount £356,900 (GBP)
Organisation GE Aviation Systems 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 07/2007 
End 04/2014
 
Description GE Aviation Mechanical Systems (ELGEAR)
Amount £291,200 (GBP)
Funding ID ELGEAR 
Organisation GE Aviation Systems 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 12/2006 
End 11/2011
 
Description Technology Strategy Board (Tulip)
Amount £467,823 (GBP)
Funding ID H0521B 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2009 
End 01/2012