Special Session 1

Power Electronics and Machines for the More Electric Aircraft

The constant pursuit of higher efficiency and a simplified maintenance has pushed designers towards increasing the electrical subsystems on-board the modern aircrafts. This framework takes the name of the More Electric Aircraft (MEA) and the interest of academia and industry has recently spiked also thanks the introduction of new aircrafts, like the Boing 787, that feature a massive integration of electrical systems. This Special Session targets the on-board micro-grid, its stability issues, its possible architectures (AC/DC multi-bus fixed or variable frequency), new power converter topologies and the electrical machine design.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Smart-grid technologies for the More Electric Aircraft 
  • Novel architectures for the Electrical Power Distribution System 
  • Constant Power Load (CPL) stability issues 
  • Multi-port architectures for the Electrical Power Distribution System
  • Multi-objective optimization of the energy consumption 
  • Fuel Cell – Battery – Supercapacitor applications to the Electrical Power Distribution System, Starter/Generator control and design 
  • Hardware in the Loop (HIL) testing for the More Electric Aircraft 
  • Electric Machine design for aerospace applications 
  • Reliability of electric machines and drives for aerospace applications

Special Session Organizers:

Davide Barater, Assistant Professor, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Giampaolo Buticchi, Associate Professor, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China,
Chris Gerada, Professor, The University of Nottingham UK,

 

Special Session Organizers (short bios):

Davide Barater (S’11 – M’14) received the Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering in 2009 and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology in 2014 from the University of Parma Italy. He was an honorary scholar at the University of Nottingham, U.K., during 2012, and a visiting researcher at the University of Kiel, DE in 2015. He is currently working as research fellow at Department of Information Engineering, University of Parma, Italy. His research area is focused on power electronics for renewable energy systems and transport applications. He is author or coauthor of more than 45 international papers, published in scientific journals and conference proceedings, and holds one international patent. In March 2017, he was one of the founders of eDriveLab, a spin-off company of the University of Parma working in vehicle electrification (www.edrivelab.it).

Giampaolo Buticchi (S’10-M’13-SM’17) received the Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering in 2009 and the Ph.D degree in Information Technologies in 2013 from the University of Parma, Italy. In 2012 he was visiting researcher at The University of Nottingham, UK. Between 2014 and 2017 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Kiel, Germany. He is now Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China. His research area is focused on power electronics for renewable energy systems, smart transformer fed micro-grids and dc grids for the More Electric Aircraft. He is author/co-author of more than 170 scientific papers.

Chris Gerada (M’05-SM’12) received the Ph.D. degree in numerical modeling of electrical machines from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K., in 2005. He subsequently worked as a Researcher at the University of Nottingham on high-performance electrical drives and on the design and modeling of electromagnetic actuators for aerospace applications. He was appointed as Lecturer in electrical machines in 2008, Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2013. His core research interests include the design and modeling of high-performance electric drives and machines. Prof. Gerada is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Industry Applications.