Advanced Electrical Machines Technologies for Aircraft (AEMTA)

Short Title: AEMTA
Project Number: 101795
Project Cost: £5.47m
End Date: April 30, 2017
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: Safran Power
Attributes: Cost, Fuel Efficiency, Operational Performance and Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft

AEMTA, led by Safran Electrical & Power UK, is a £5.5 million project which brings together a collaboration of an extensive supply chain and academic researchers addressing high performance and environmentally robust electrical products.

The ATI-funded project intends to position the UK as a key supplier of advanced products for electric aircraft, and it has the potential to reduce aircraft fuel consumption (3-6%) by removing weight and optimising motor and engine performance, while improving reliability and reducing maintenance and operating costs. The project aims to double the high-temperature performance of electro-mechanical systems operating in harsh environments, using advanced coatings, and for greater periods of time, which is necessary due to the need to move electrical motors and machines closer to the engine core.

Currently, the systems can continuously operate reliably in temperatures of 110oC – 130oC, whereas the project aims to boost this to higher temperatures; increasing it to around 250oC – 280oC.  The project will also boost the short-term temperature rating of these components, enabling the systems to potentially survive and reliably operate in very harsh environments, significantly boosting aircraft safety.

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