The "more electric aircraft" team is investigating new concepts of onboard energy supply systems for future airplanes. For the next generation aircraft, electric energy will be of growing importance since compared to hydraulic or pneumatical supply systems, it is often favourable with regard to performance, weight, integration and maintenance. Challenges are the design of suitable aircraft system architectures and questions of electric stability and quality of the resulting complex electric supply systems.
Our core competence is to analyse, design and optimise power generation and distribution architectures and systems by use of modern multi-physics models expressed in the object oriented modelling language Modelica and optimisation tools like MOPS.
The research is conducted in several EC funded projects like POA (Power Optimised Aircraft), MOET (More Open Electrical Technologies) and CleanSky, working together with European airframers and suppliers.