Event

Lightweight Electromechanical Drives

UKMagSoc

Mar 8th 2023 - Mar 8th 2023

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Updated 25.01.23

 

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Electrification (full or hybrid electrification) is the key technology to enable zero-carbon emissions for the UK transportation sector, however, the state-of-the-art technologies do not provide feasible electrification solutions. Current electrical systems are too heavy, inefficient and do not meet the reliability requirements.

This seminar will focus on various aspects to enable lightweight electromechanical drives for future transport, especially aviation. Speakers from industries and academia will provide insights on subjects covering design, optimisation, manufacturing and testing, in addition to the up-to-date technologies developments. Aspects will include electromagnetic topologies, materials developments, mechanical challenges, and thermal solutions.

Lab tours will be provided following the talks to the Power Electronics, Machines and Centre (PEMC) Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham. The 5,500 square metre PEMC is home to the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group, thought to be the largest such group of researchers in the world, as well as the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre – Midlands, and the 20MW UK Electrification of Aerospace Propulsion Facility.

VENUE

Jubilee Conference Centre
Triumph Road
The University of Nottingham
NG7 2TUUniversity of Nottingham.

PROGRAMME

The event will run from 09:00-17:00 (UK time) and will include talks and a tour of the new facilities at University of Nottingham. A draft of the programme will be shared in due course.

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The dress code for the event is business attire / smart casual.

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Speakers

Latest development and potential solutions
by Chris Gerada of University of Nottingham

Materials supply security and sustainability
by Al Lambourne of Rolls Royce

Design and testing of EVTOLs
by Sachin Ramesh of Voladorft

Superconducting motors for light weighted aviation propulsion
by Min Zhang of University of Strathclyde

To achieve a zero-emission aviation, aerospace is evolving towards electrified propulsion using clean electricity or hydrogen as an energy source. Achieving a 20–40 MW electrical powertrain for commercial aircraft requires multi-MW scale machines with power densities above 20 kW/kg. High temperature superconductors (HTS) offer a ground-breaking and transformative way to increase the power density of electrical machines, as the current carrying capability can be more than 200 times that of room temperature conductors and more than 80 times that of cryogenic normal-state conductors. As a result, superconducting machines have become a key research focus for aviation. This presentation summarizes the ongoing research efforts in the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory at the University of Strathclyde, where two large development projects for HTS motors ( 200 kW and 100 kW) are underway. Our design will focus on maximizing the machine power density and efficiency using both HTS rotor and HTS stator. Preliminary testing results for both HTS rotor and HTS stator will be presented, with a focus on reducing AC loss of HTS stator and charging of the HTS rotor.

Prospects of New Winding Manufacturing Processes in Lightweighting Electrical Machines
by Phil Mellor; Nick Simpson of Bristol University

The electrification of ground and air transport in pursuit of Carbon Net Zero is driving the need for ever more powerful and lightweight electrical machines. This presentation will explore power density and reliability improvements that could result from rethinking how we manufacture high performance electrical machine windings, and will be illustrated with examples of metal additive manufacturing of windings and the use of composite materials to realise an air-gap winding stator.

Low-cost, high-speed starter motor / generator (MGU) for a helicopter engine
by Ben Catchpole of NEMA

NEMA are developing a low-cost, high-speed MGU for a new “best-in-class” 500HP gas-turbine engine (GT50). The GT50 has been designed specifically for the HX50, a cutting-edge helicopter which will be built in the UK for a target base price of £595,000. NEMA have developed numerous high-speed MGU’s for aircraft in recent years, but the hardware for this program is particularly sensitive to cost. This talk will present the GT50 MGU, which has been designed to meet the challenging requirements of the helicopter engine whilst also allowing for economic manufacturing techniques from the outset – two typically opposing paradigms of development.

Challenges of design and manufacture of high power density motors for aircraft propulsion application
by Marc Holme of Collins