June 28, 2015 to July 2, 2015
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Impact of Cryogenic/Superconducting Components for Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Propulsion

Jun 30, 2015, 4:15 PM
Tucson Ballroom IJ

Tucson Ballroom IJ

Contributed Oral Presentation CEC-09 - Cryogenics for Power Applications, Energy, Fuels and Transportation C2OrH - Cryogenics for Power Applications, Energy, Fuels and Transformation II


Timothy Haugan (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory)


Hybrid-electric-vehicle (HEV) or electric-vehicle (EV) propulsion is well understood from the automotive industry, and achieves very significant increases of energy efficiencies of 2-3x from the use of non-combustion technologies and ‘smart’ energy management including brake regeneration. The possibility of battery-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion for aircraft has increasingly been considered in the last 5 years, and has been successfully implemented in 2 and 4 passenger aircraft. This paper will summarize recent progress in this field for aircraft, and present impact studies of how cryogenic/superconducting components can positively impact hybrid-electric or all-electric power systems and capabilities, for different size and power level aircraft. Drivetrain components studied include generators and motors, power transmission cables, power storage devices including Li-batteries and superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES), power electronics including inverters, and cryogenic technologies. Properties of cryogenic systems and components will be compared to Cu-wire or conventional based systems. *Acknowledgments: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and Aerospace Propulsion Directorate of The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RQ).*

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Timothy Haugan (U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory)


Dr George Panasyuk (UES Inc.)

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