Conference Program

Keynote Presentations


New developments in hybrid-electric propulsion system for aircraft

Dr Frank Anton
Executive vice president eAircraft
Siemens Corporate Technology
In this keynote presentation Frank Anton, executive vice president for eAircraft at Siemens Corporate Technology, will discuss new developments in hybrid-electric propulsion systems for aircraft.

Aircraft electrification

Mark Scully
Head of technology - advanced systems and propulsion
Aerospace Technology Institute
The Aerospace Technology Institute has released a roadmap for aircraft electrical power systems. This presentation discusses the key needs and gaps, and shows a path to delivering the critical capabilities. The ATI research portfolio includes a number of challenging projects to develop capability for demonstrator aircraft and future concepts. Relevant project case studies are presented.

New electrification, new manufacturing and new power flow

Dr Hao Huang
Technology chief
GE Aviation
Aerospace is moving into a very special, bright era. The speaker will talk about this era from four perspectives: bright era – electrification perspective: proactively prepare a new roadmap based on the combination of HEP/MEA once the Brayton cycle limit is reached; bright era – additive manufacturing perspective: will change almost all aspects of the way the industry produces flight devices; bright era – WBG perspective: WBG devices, such as SiC/GaN, are a key enabler for electrification; bright era – digital perspective: includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous, Internet of Things, and so on.

European Union research activities on electric and hybrid aviation

Dr Michael Kyriakopoulos
Aviation research policy officer
European Commission
The European Union Aeronautics research program is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. The presentation will review the EU-funded research activities relevant to electric and hybrid aviation. It will highlight the research funding opportunities within Horizon 2020, and outline the European Commission proposal for the next EU research framework program (Horizon Europe).

Emission-free hybrid propulsion system for aircraft applications

Prof Josef Kallo
Head of energy systems integration
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Electric flight opens up a new dimension in aviation and offers unprecedented opportunities for sustainable mobility in the future. A growing number of projects in research institutions and industry are investigating how electric – and thus emission-free and low-noise – aircraft concepts can be implemented, and which application scenarios are the most promising.

Propulsion Systems Design


Smartflyer – the hybrid-electric propulsion system for the future

Rolf Stuber
CEO / head of design
Smartflyer Ltd
The presentation will introduce a serial hybrid-electric configuration as the future propulsion of aviation. It offers quiet operation around airports, two-engine reliability on a single propeller, and efficient use of energy with smart power management.

Advantages of axial flux motor technologies in electric aircraft

Dr Michael Lampérth
Phi-Power Ag
Axial flux motors offer an excellent torque-to-speed ratio, making them suitable for direct-drive operation. The presentation will explain the fundamental physical laws of axial flux machines and compare them with conventional motor typologies. A review of different types of axial flux motors (internal rotor, external rotor, multi-core machines) will follow, with an assessment of their suitability for electric and hybrid aircraft applications. To conclude, a summary of Phi-Power application examples will be presented.

Hybrid propulsion airplanes – market and experience

Miguel Angel Suarez Sanchez
Axter Aerospace SL
The presentation will offer an introduction to parallel, series-hybrid and full-electric propulsion for aviation, and outline the benefits of parallel hybrid for light and general aviation. It will also cover experience with parallel-hybrid configuration with light airplanes (two and four seaters); real test data and customer experience; the hybrid market and society demands; and the next steps in hybrid technology development.

Enabling Infrastructure for Electric and Hybrid Aviation


What are the consequences of electric flying for GA airports?

Frank Geerlings
Project director
Dutch E-viation & Airport Centre Teuge
This presentation will review developments at the innovation and expertise cluster Dutch E-viation & Airport Centre Teuge, which is the national knowledge center for electric flying in the Netherlands. It is a cooperation between TU Delft, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Deltion College Zwolle, Airport Teuge and the Cleantech Region. With students, we work on questions concerning the consequences for the GA infrastructure, maintenance and training. We are also going to buy a Cessna Skymaster and make it electric. We work with companies like Saab, Fokker, Ecotap, AMN, IAS and Pipistrel.

Aeronautical electric vehicle charging grid

Anthony Baro
Managing principal
Aeronautical electric vehicle power demand has a major impact on the utility power distribution infrastructure at local airports and leads to increased electrical expense for airport operators. Current airport electrical infrastructure at nearby power distribution centers has not been upgraded to meet the anticipated aeronautical electrical usage demand. A new decentralized electric power generation and distribution grid operating model is proposed for industry consideration.

Improving Power Density & Efficiency


Propulsion for electric and hybrid aircraft

Evgeni Ganev
Chief engineer
Honeywell Aerospace
The presentation discusses the challenging propulsion needs of electric drive systems applicable to electric and hybrid aircraft. Novel system architectures are considered and advantages quantified in line with the major components like electric rotating machines, motor controllers and speed reduction elements. Criteria for selection are presented, keeping in mind interfaces, cooling options, lubrication, power distribution, power quality, EMI and partial discharge events. Different levels of system and component integration are considered as a major driver to achieve the best power densities. Results from trade studies will be presented.

Novel electric power systems designs for aircraft – a route to zero-CO2 long-haul air travel

Peter Malkin
Strategic research advisor
Newcastle University
Electrical power systems available today are far too low in power density and efficiency to be effective for large aircraft propulsion systems. This is partly due to the fact that they have never been designed for this type of application, so significant improvements can be achieved with design changes. Although these improvements are likely to pave the way for partial systems or smaller aircraft, they clearly will not be sufficient to power large long-haul aircraft. However, adoption of the new technology of superconducting cryogenic electrical systems brings significant performance improvements and enables the creation of high-power, efficient systems suitable for large aircraft. Furthermore, the use of these systems justifies the use of cryo–fuels which, in themselves, can significantly reduce aircraft emissions. The paper explains how this is possible, and the research and development work required to achieve these goals.

E-flying motors – optimizing power density and efficiency

Dr Sami Ruoho
Product manager
Arnold Magnetic Technologies
Low weight and power density are decisive targets when designing motors for electrical aircraft. These targets can be achieved by using high-performance materials in optimized arrangements. The presentation discusses high-performance SmCo and GBD-NdFeB magnet materials enabling the highest power products, including at elevated temperatures. It will also cover the use of laminated magnets to reduce eddy-current losses in rotors and Halbach magnet arrangements to optimize performance. To maximize the stator efficiency, the benefits of thin-gauge silicon steel will be demonstrated.

Highest-performance electric systems – from track to sky

Andrew Cross
Chief technical officer
Integral Powertrain Ltd
Integral Powertrain has developed some of the world’s most power-dense electric motors and inverters for racing applications, including the record-breaking and multi-awarding-winning system for the VW I.D. R Pikes Peak car. This presentation covers the basics that enable power density and gives an insight into the current art-of-the-possible in top-end motorsport, including efficiency data. In a move from track to sky, some designs for next-generation aerospace applications that could deliver world-leading motor concepts with power densities of over 45kW/Kg, and integrated inverters beyond 100kW/kg, will be presented.

Challenges in achieving high-power-density motor/generator technologies for hybrid-electric propulsion

Cristian Anghel
Technology fellow
The presentation will address the challenges in achieving high-power-density motor and generator technologies that enable hybrid-electric propulsion. Compact and efficient motors and generators are key technologies that support the goals of hybrid-electric propulsion. The primary objective is to drive overall system efficiencies as high as possible while reducing system weight, by increasing the power density and subsystem simplicity. Various electric machine topologies and design approaches that support these aims will be reviewed. Design challenges, technical solutions and testing and integration challenges will be presented.

Addressing the challenges of lightweight electric propulsion through air-gap windings

Prof Phil Mellor
Professor of electrical engineering
University of Bristol
The delivery of power-dense electrical drives for aircraft propulsion will require radical changes to the way electrical machines are manufactured. The flux-carrying limitations of soft magnetic materials are becoming a major barrier to further improvements in power density, and the replacement of conventional toothed stator designs with air-gap windings has been shown to have advantages. However, the implementation of an air-gap winding imposes new design challenges. The presentation will review these challenges and opportunities. In particular, the prospects of using multi-functional composites based on a fiber-reinforced conductor matrix in lightweight air-gap wound electrical machines will be discussed.

Electrical Power Systems Design


Identifying the major hurdles on the path to all-electric flight

This panel discussion will take on the task of identifying the major technical developments necessary to move along the path to all electric flight. Reviewing the priorities and assessing the progress toward each, the discussion will provide attendees the opportunity to add their own perspective on the priorities and progress to that of the expert panel


Panel Discussion - Identifying the major hurdles on the path to all-electric flight

Approaches to Energy Storage


Hybrid auxiliary power unit based on solid-oxide fuel cell

Mikhail Gordin
General director
Central Institute of Aviation Motors
The presentation provides a view on the main design features of the auxiliary power unit (APU) for more-electric aircraft based on solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) combined with a traditional gas turbine unit. The study shows the way to create the correct energy and mass balance for such a hybrid APU and assess its fuel and weight efficiency. The proposed 300KVA APU design assumes catalytic conversion of jet fuel into syngas, then direct conversion of syngas into electricity at the SOFC battery, and finally burning the excess gas in a gas turbine unit to generate electricity and maintain heat and pressure balance.

Battery development for e-ROP (electric and rotary-engined hybrid plane)

Prof Rainer Klein
Head of the mechatronic/electromobility department
DHBW Mosbach
The presentation focuses on the development of a high-performance battery for a hybrid aircraft with electric and rotary propulsion (e-ROP). The focus is on the evaluation of suitable battery cells, battery lifetime and safety aspects.

Ultracapacitors for aerospace and defense applications

John Hyde
Senior chemical engineer
Nanoramic Laboratories
Ultracapacitors are specially designed to deliver high capacitance and power density. However, commercially available supercapacitors are not designed to withstand the hostile conditions to which electronic systems for aerospace and defense systems are subjected. Nanoramic’s FastCAP ultracapacitors and structural ultracapacitors are engineered to withstand extreme shocks, vibrations and hostile temperatures as low as -55°C. Ultracapacitors are frequently used together with traditional energy storage solutions to achieve the ideal balance of power density and energy density for the specific application. They are suitable for supporting high peak power, leveling high peak loads, and providing high-power backup in energy storage solutions.

Hydrogen research for aviation

Roel van Benthem
R&D manager energy systems/thermal control
Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre
Due to its high specific energy and zero emissions, hydrogen could be an ideal solution for sustainable aviation. However, a major disadvantage is that hydrogen requires bulky and heavyweight storage in the form of high-pressure or cryogenics tanks, which largely counterbalances this. Despite these difficulties, hydrogen offers significant advantages for electric aircraft compared with batteries, as demonstrated by NLR's drone project HYDRA.

Power Electronics


Power electronics – integrated inverter system for long-range UAV

Florian Hilpert
Group leader aviation electronics
Fraunhofer IISB
The presentation will discuss general trends and potential in lightweight power electronics, and offer an insight into a current inverter development research project.

Testing and Validation


Dynamic analysis of an embedded high-speed electric fan

Jean-Baptiste Dupont
Head of simulation team
In the area of aircraft electrification and new hybrid-electric propulsion, the aeronautical industry faces the integration of new driving chains from the electric motor to the high-speed rotor. Consequently, new structural dynamics are expected, increasing the risk of mechanical faults, and new sources of noise and vibration. VibraTec, a center of excellence in mechanical, vibration and acoustic sciences, has developed a complete engineering process to address such phenomena. The presentation introduces motivations related to the aeronautical industry and the background theory of electromechanical sources. It is applied to a high-speed electric compressor. Finally, results are compared with experimental data.

Flexible platform for validation testing on electrical aircraft

Javier Gutierrez
Business development manager
National Instruments
Electric subsystems offer clear advantages over their predecessors, driven by technology advancements in power electronics. However, simulating and testing these electric and electromechanical systems presents considerable challenges. To take full advantage of the benefits of electrical systems, a test platform and methodology that can address these challenges is needed. The platform must be capable of integrating the latest models and algorithm ecosystems of vendors servicing this market, performing highly deterministic, real-time simulation routines across hundreds or even thousands of cases, and integrating IO, buses and even RF comms.

Challenges of more-electric technologies testing and validation in aerospace

Charles Fallaha
Technical manager
Opal-RT Technologies
New generations of aircraft include electric components and systems that replace traditional hydraulic and pneumatic ones. These new systems need to undergo extensive validation and testing before their full integration into the aircraft build program. Virtual testing and real-time simulation approaches allow these new technologies to be validated at the early design stages with minimum incurred cost and time. The presentation will showcase a few application projects of virtual testing of more-electric systems that are currently being developed at Opal-RT, with a particular focus on topics such as EMC/EMI and power quality analysis.

Novel Concepts and Designs


ACCEL: the world's fastest electric aircraft

Matheu Parr
ACCEL technical manager
Rolls-Royce Plc
Electrification is an inescapable trend across aerospace markets as we all seek cleaner, more sustainable power. The ACCEL project is intended to pioneer this third wave of aviation through a highly specialized goal of building the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. ACCEL will help us bring forward the adoption of zero-carbon flight, while also looking to stimulate the development of an electric aircraft supply chain, and of course make a run for the record books with a target speed of 300+ mph.

Demonstrator of hybrid-electric propulsion system with superconductive electric motor

Dr Anton Varyukhin
Head of hybrid and electric propulsion systems department
Central Institute of Aviation Motors
The presentation describes the development and testing of the serial hybrid-electric propulsion system demonstrator. The demonstrator consists of a 500kW high-temperature superconductive electric motor, its cryogenic and control system, traditional (not superconductive) 400kW electric generator, Klimov TV2-117 turboshaft gas-turbine engine to rotate it, power management system and battery. The superconductive electric motor was designed and manufactured by SuperOx, and the electric generator was developed in partnership with Ufa State Aviation Technical University. The battery provides maximum power of 150kW for five minutes. Different types of testbeds and climatic chambers for gas-turbine engines were adopted to test the demonstrator and its components.

The boosted turbofan for electrified aircraft: the TRADE perspective

Dr Michael Sielemann
Aerospace industry director
The boosted turbofan is a highly relevant concept to achieve improvements in fuel efficiency and emissions, which are required due to the amount of air travel worldwide. Limited detailed results have been reported on the boosted turbofan concept taking constraints from the gas turbine cycle and the electrical system into account (e.g. impact on surge margin, interaction with handling bleed). This presentation summarizes the results of the Turbo electRic Aircraft Design Environment (TRADE) project, which develops a physics-based simulation/optimization platform for such applications. Results are presented and discussed in relation to the (still limited) scientific literature.

Electric propulsion for Airlander 10, the first hybrid air vehicle

Andy Barton
Bid manager
Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited
The Airlander 10 is a revolutionary new aircraft that combines the properties of an airship (buoyant lift), airplane (aerodynamic lift) and helicopter (vectored thrust) with a large upper surface, which makes it an ideal candidate for full electrification. The prototype Airlander 10 flew in the UK as a civil aircraft in 2016 and 2017 with fossil fuel engines. The production Airlander 10 will have the option of being fitted with electric propulsion and solar panels, enabling a 1,000kg payload to be carried for up to 60 days, or 60 passengers to be transported over 1,000km, with no fossil fuel burn.

Lightweight, high-efficiency solar technology for autonomous aircraft

Dr Aarohi Vijh
Head of product
Alta Devices
Alta Devices will present its latest record-breaking Gen 4 high-efficiency lightweight solar technology developed especially for things that fly. This new technology offers very low weight and reduced thickness, and supports higher-efficiency multi-junction solar cell designs.

i-UAM – an option to reinvigorate general aviation

Dr Rene Nardi
Business development director
I-UAM or Inter-Urban Air Mobility, as addressed by this paper, refers to air transportation activities designed for small groups of two to six passengers traveling relatively short distances between two locations, 200-300 miles apart. Those first few hundred miles is where general aviation can make a big impact on business and tourist travelers, going directly where they want and when they want. This paper describes some of the challenges and opportunities that arise once technology with unprecedented power transforms the small general aviation aircraft. The personal aircraft entering into service by 2025 will be simpler to operate and more capable than today’s aircraft.

Developments in eVTOL


Tilt-wing eVTOL aircraft conceptual design and development

David Fillingham
Research engineer
This paper will cover the conceptual design and development of a tilt-wing eVTOL aircraft concept aimed at improving urban mobility. The paper will cover the basic conceptual design, the aerodynamic and control system challenges and lessons learned during the flight testing of a scale model.

Technical challenges in designing electrical machines for e_VTOL applications

Dr Mircea Popescu
Chief Technology Officer
Motor Design Ltd.
James Z de Ferranti
General Manager
Denis Ferranti Group
Electrical machines for aerospace in general and particularly for eVTOL applications require high power and torque density and safe operation for passengers and/or crew. These requirements can be achieved with specific configurations. This presentation shows potential solutions using rare-earth permanent magnets or induction and switched reluctance technology. State-of-the-art materials are required and innovative technical ideas to ensure safe behavior.

Analysis of a convertible aircraft concept with a hybrid powerplant

Sergey Yegoshin
Andrey Redkin
Lead engineer
Research has been carried out to determine the rational concept and operating efficiency of a convertible aircraft with a multirotor lifting system and a hybrid powerplant for passenger transportation to remote settlements without airfields. In this paper, several concepts of convertible aircraft were analyzed. They differ in the following key features: the number and location of the lifting rotors; the method of fixing, folding and retraction for lifting rotors, or the use of tilt rotor groups; the main cruise engines and rotor (propeller) positioning; the new wing geometry.
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