Electric Aircraft Design Fundamentals: Enabling Technologies and Analysis Methods for More-, Hybrid-, and All-Electric Aircraft

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Took place 26 April 2018 

This webinar introduces the technologies, fundamental concepts, and trade-offs involved in the design and analysis of electrical systems for More-/Hybrid-/All-Electric Aircraft, for which improvements to reliability, cost, performance, environmental impact, and significant mission fuel burn reductions have been theorized and/or demonstrated. It targets aerospace industry engineers who may lack significant expertise with aircraft electrical systems. 

Material is presented at an introductory level and is accessible to those without a deep electrical engineering background, although a working knowledge of electromechanics and physics is assumed. Topics covered may include: current trends in More-/Hybrid-/All-Electric Aircraft; electromechanical energy conversion; enabling power electronics (devices, circuits, design); trends in MW-scale machines and drives; power distribution and protection systems; thermal management; modeling and simulation of large integrated systems; and general More-/Hybrid-/All-Electric propulsion design considerations. The topics are modular and the emphasis given to individual topics can be tuned to match the interest of the attendees.

Learning Objectives
  • Possess knowledge about current trends in More-/Hybrid-/All-Electric Aircraft design
  • Understand the fundamentals of electromechanical energy conversion
  • Be familiar with enabling power electronics and trends in MW-scale machines and drives
  • Have a basic understanding of aircraft electric power distribution architectures and protection systems
  • Be aware of thermal management challenges in electric aircraft design
  • Possess basic understanding of modeling and simulation techniques for large integrated systems
Who Should Attend

This webinar is intended for students and professionals in the aerospace industry that
would like an introduction to the fundamental concepts and trade-offs involved in the design of aircraft electrical systems. The material is presented at an introductory level to be accessible to those lacking a deep electrical engineering background.

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Dr. Tim O’Connell, P.C. Krause & Associates, Inc. 
Tim O’Connell (Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, U. of Illinois, 2008) is a Senior Lead Engineer with P.C. Krause & Associates in West Lafayette, IN. Since 2009, he has worked closely with the U.S. Air Force and industry on More Electric Aircraft technology and architecture design, analysis, simulation, and test.