Electrical power generation in aircraft: review, challenges and opportunities

Madonna, Vincenzo, Giangrande, Paolo and Galea, Michael (2018) Electrical power generation in aircraft: review, challenges and opportunities. IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification . ISSN 2332-7782

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The constant growth of air traffic, the demand for performance optimization and the need for decreasing both operating and maintenance costs have encouraged the aircraft industry to move towards more electric solutions. As a result of this trend, electric power required on board of aircraft has significantly increased through the years, causing major changes in electric power system architectures. Considering this scenario, the paper gives a review about the evolution of electric power generation systems in aircraft. The major achievements are highlighted and the rationale behind some significant developments discussed. After a brief historical overview of the early DC generators (both wind- and engine-driven), the reasons which brought the definitive passage to the AC generation, for larger aircraft, are presented and explained. Several AC generation systems are investigated with particular attention being focused on the voltage levels and the generator technology. Further, examples of commercial aircraft implementing AC generation systems are provided. Finally, the trends towards modern generation systems are also considered giving prominence to their challenges and feasibility.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/931457
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Keywords: MEA, AEA, Aircraft Electric Power Generation, HEP, HVDC
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/TTE.2018.2834142
Depositing User: Burns, Rebecca
Date Deposited: 09 May 2018 14:02
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:35
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51652

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