Design and initial testing of a high speed 45 kW switched reluctance drive for aerospace application

Bartolo, James Borg, Degano, Marco, Espina, Jorge and Gerada, C. (2017) Design and initial testing of a high speed 45 kW switched reluctance drive for aerospace application. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 64 (2). pp. 988-997. ISSN 0278-0046

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This paper presents innovative research towards the development of a 45 kW high speed switched reluctance drive as an alternative starter-generator for future aero-engines. To perform such a function the machine had to be designed with a very wide constant power-speed range. During engine-start/motoring mode, a peak torque demand of 54 Nm at 8 krpm was met, whilst in generating mode, 19.2-32 krpm, the machine was designed to deliver a constant power of 45 kW. The key enabling feature of the design lies in the novel rotor structure developed so as to allow for such a wide speed range. The results presented, are those measured during the initial testing phase and validate the system design and performance in the low-speed region with the machine operated in starting-mode. The measured machine power density is at 9.8 kW/ltr, whilst the global system efficiency is at 82%.

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Keywords: Electric Machines, High speed generators, Reluctance Generators
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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Depositing User: Burns, Rebecca
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 13:11
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:27

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