High Temperature Superconductivity for Electric Aircraft


Jul 23rd 2020 - Jul 23rd 2020

Online, United Kingdom

Updated 1 July 2020

A half day, online event focussed on the application of superconductivity to electic aircraft propulsion. The event will consist of several in depth talks, a panel discussion, and social / networking time after the formal part has ended.

In order to reduce the environmental impacts of air travel, Flightpath 2050 aims to reduce CO2 by 75%, NOx by 90% and noise by 65% relative to 2000 baseline. Superconductivity will play an important role in the future electric aircraft due to its high power density and high efficiency, in particular the recent development of high temperature superconductor materials. This online seminar encompasses developments in engineering design and modelling associated with superconductivity in electric aircraft.

At the whole electric aircraft system level, Airbus is leading the future programme of aircraft electrification over next few decades. University of Newcastle has identified key technologies for electric and hybrid aircraft. At the superconducting machine device level, the advanced superconducting motor experimental demonstrator (ASuMED), funded by the European Union, is developing a new fully superconducting motor with high power density and high efficiency. Rolls Royce has evaluated the superconducting and cryogenic cooled components using holistic system approach and investigated concept of a high power density generators that could be coupled directly to a gas turbine.



We wil be using an online videoconferencing platform to deliver the seminar. To access the event you will need a good internet connection and a decent computer with audio; to get the most from the event you will need a webcam.


The programme will run from 14:00 to 17:00 UK time.

Details of the programme and speakers will be published shortly.


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Superconducting Power Systems for Future Aircraft
by Peter Malkin of Centre for Advanced Electrical Drives, Newcastle University

Much attention has understandably been given to superconducting electrical machines as a way of improving power densities. However, a very significant percentage of the weight of an electrical system lies beyond the machines in the network and power electronics. It is important to understand how both power densities and efficiencies can be improved by moving to superconducting techniques. The talk outlines the need for this and the potential advantages as well as the need for new network design techniques and approaches.

Martin Boll of Rolls-Royce

Ludovic Ybanez of Airbus UpNext

The Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator project
by Francesco Grilli of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

The European Union-funded Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator (ASuMED) project started in May 2017 with the purpose of demonstrating the benefits of a new, fully superconducting motor for reaching the targets established by the Flightpath 2050 plan. The project aims at a motor power density of 20 kW/kg using a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) stator. The rotor will use HTS stacks operating like permanent magnets. A highly efficient cryostat for the motor combined with an integrated cryogenic cooling system and associated power converter will be used. This contribution provides a general overview of the prototype that is currently being assembled and that will be tested soon.


TimeSession TitleSession Host
13:30Conference Opens
13:50WelcomeShirley Pei, Bath University
14:00Aircraft electrification roadmap (TBC)Ludovico Ybanez, Airbus UpNext
14:30Superconducting Power Systems for Future Aircraft Peter Malkin, Newcastle University
15:15eAircraft programme: 10MW SC Motor Design (TBC)Martin Boll, Rolls-Royce
15:45The Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator projectFrancesco Grilli, KIT
16:30Panel Discussion;Shirley Pei, Martin Boll, Peter Malkin, Ludovico Ybanez, Francesco Grilli
17:00Close; Social and Networking opportunities


Type Standard Fee Group Discount
(3+ delegates)
Member £39.00 N/A
Non-Member £79.00 N/A
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