Lightweight, Affordable Motors & Power-electronics Systems (LAMPS)

Short Title: LAMPS
Project Number: 113019
Project Cost: £2.7m
End Date: August 31, 2016
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: UTC Aerospace Systems
Attributes: Cost, Environment, Fuel Efficiency, Operational Performance and Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft

With the predicted doubling of air traffic over the next 20 years, and increase in fuel usage and carbon emissions, the aerospace industry is investigating the move to a more electric aircraft (MEA).

The ATI-funded Lightweight, Affordable Motors & Power-electronics Systems (LAMPS) project researched a new generation of power-electronics and motors for aircraft applications, developing innovative approaches to motors and drives. Working in collaboration with the project partners, this two year, £2.7 million project evaluated and developed new technology concepts and applications for motors and power-electronics, to make step changes in cost, size and weight for motors and drives.

The project made substantial progress across a range of technologies and processes, delivering a reduction in cost, size and weight. The development of new generation motor drive technologies is expected to achieve around 50 per cent cost reduction and 60 percent weight and volume reduction.

The knowledge gained during the project will support the growth of highly valuable skills and employment needed to develop the technologies required to produce MEA. The outcomes of the research are being exploited beyond this project. Further research is underway to mature the concepts and technologies developed under LAMPS to enable their adoption across a wide range of applications.

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