Considerations on the Development of an Electric Drive for a Secondary Flight Control Electromechanical Actuator

Paolo Giangrande, Alessandro Galassini, Savvas Papadopoulos, Ahmed Al-Timimy, Giovanni Lo Calzo, Michele Degano, Michael Galea, Christopher Gerada

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The more electric aircraft concept aims to improve the fuel consumption, the weight, and both the maintenance and operating costs of the aircraft, by promoting the use of electric power in actuation systems. According to this scenario, electromechanical actuators for flight control systems represent an important technology in next generation aircraft. This paper presents a linear-geared electromechanical actuator for secondary flight control systems, where the safety and availability requirements are fulfilled by replicating the electric drive acting on the drivetrain. Indeed, the architecture considered consists of two power converters feeding as many electrical machines coupled to the same mechanical system. The design of both the permanent magnet synchronous machine and the power converter are addressed. Preliminary results on the electric drive prototype are also provided and compared to the design requirements. Finally, the electromechanical actuator performance at system-level is evaluated in Dymola environment, analyzing different operating modes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8673605
Pages (from-to)3544-3554
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


  • DC-AC power converters
  • Electrohydraulics
  • Electromechanical systems
  • Fault tolerance
  • Permanent magnet machines
  • Redundancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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