This article describes the underpinning research, development, construction, and testing of a 4-MW multithree phase generator designed for a hybrid-electric aircraft propulsion system demonstrator. The aim of the work is to demonstrate gravimetric power densities around 20 kW/kg, as required for multi-MW aircraft propulsion systems. The key design choices, development procedures, and tradeoffs, together with the experimental testing of this electrical machine connected to an active rectifier, are presented. A time-efficient analytical approach to the downselection of various machine configurations, geometrical variables, different active and passive materials, and different thermal management options is first presented. A detailed design approach based on the 3-D finite element analysis (FEA) is then presented for the final design. Reduced power tests are carried out on a full-scale 4-MW machine prototype, validating the proposed design. The experimental results are in good agreement with simulation and show significant progress in the field of high-power-density electrical machines at the targeted power rating.
|Número de páginas
|IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
|Publicada - 1 dic. 2021
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- Ingeniería automovilística
- Ingeniería energética y tecnologías de la energía
- Ingeniería eléctrica y electrónica