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Exploring the efficiency benefits of adapting airframe design with electric powertrain optimisation

31.05.2022

Join Derek Jordanou-Bailey, Chief Engineer, as he presents “Adapting airframe design to maximize the benefits of electric propulsion” at the upcoming Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium (31 May-1 June 2022). 

The Electric & Hybrid Aerospace Technology Symposium taking place 31 May – 1 June 2022, will bring together an extensive conference community for a two-day face-to-face conference and exhibition for high-level aerospace engineers, designers, leading research academics, propulsion engineers, aircraft manufacturers, heads of electrical system design & engineering, infrastructure developers and anyone working on developing the future of electric and hybrid aircraft technology.

Topics will include, but will not be limited to, the move toward more electric aircraft, the introduction of hybrid and full electric propulsion technologies, eVTOL aircraft design and propulsion technology, plus infrastructure requirements for new vertiports and upgrading existing commercial aviation airports.

Our Fully Scalable Core Technology fuses the cutting-edge technology required for high performance with the manufacturing processes and facilities necessary to manufacture our products to automotive quality levels for low volumes and mass production. Our electric motors & inverters are suitable for hybrid and electric vehicles in automotive, motorsport, marine, aerospace and off-highway; and on show will be our latest core technology platforms suitable for advancing aerospace electric powertrains.

As motor and inverter technologies stabilise, the combined benefits of optimising airframe designs, and utilising compact, high-specific-power electric propulsion units are essential for commercially viable electric flight. Derek’s presentation will show how running electric motors at a higher speed than the fan or propeller maximises specific power and efficiency whilst minimising the overall weight of the machine. His paper discusses the efficiency benefits of adapting the airframe design, together with optimisation of the electric propulsion unit in addition to considering practical airframe design requirements related to the choice of energy store.

Don’t miss out and register for the conference here.


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