Assessment of turbo-electric propulsion architectures for aircraft

Lead Research Organisation: Cranfield University
Department Name: Sch of Aerospace, Transport & Manufact


The research will focus on the assessment of distributed propulsion. Several propulsion architectures will be considered. The requirements will be defined by the intended application. Short, medium and long range applications will be studied. Emphasis will be given to the projected synergies between aerodynamics, propulsion, and energy management to study how the design space of the aircraft considered can be expanded through the use of distributed propulsion. The technologies to be investigated include but are not limited to boundary layer ingestion, propeller slipstream, hybrid turboelectc propulsion and variable cycles. It is also proposed that a techno-economic and risk analysis is considered to provide a holistic view of the technologies and concepts researched. Final deliverable and contributions will include the development of novel multidisciplinary and multifidelity tools that are able to capture the synergies of highly integrated propulsion systems. Valuable data and conclusions related to the development and application of technologies and concepts included in the research, will become available.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/P510464/1 30/09/2016 29/09/2021
1819049 Studentship EP/P510464/1 11/09/2016 04/01/2021 Thomas Peter Delaney
Description Hybrid aircraft propulsion systems along with its technology synergies potentially offer a means to reduce the environmental cost of flight whilst maintaining the same desirable operating attributes of today's aircraft. It is of paramount importance that the multidisciplinary aspects of the technology are investigated, particularly in the under-researched areas identified. Both academic Journal/Conference papers are being used to detail the findings in the public domain from the project
Exploitation Route This study will provide a detailed view of hybrid propulsion systems applied to an increasingly in demand aircraft category and its expected mission and system level performance. In addition to this, a detailed review of other aspects outlined in the project scope will be provided along with its inference on key performance parameters of the holistic system. Recommendations will be made to inform the project's industry sponsor on the findings of the project that could be of aid in selecting future research/allocating business resources, as well as the research community were appropriate.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Transport