A novel multi-level electro-mechanical actuator virtual testing and analysis tool

P. Giangrande, C. I. Hill, S. V. Bozhko, C. Gerada

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Abstract

The electrification of the modern aircraft and helicopters, by means of the adoption of electromechanical actuators (EMAs), represents a step in the direction of a more energy efficient transportation system. Simulation tools capable of analyzing EMAs performance and exploring different design configurations facilitate such a process. In this context, a virtual testing and analysis tool for EMAs, developed within the framework of the European project Actuation 2015, is presented. The proposed tool addresses the electric drives components (i.e. permanent magnet machines and power converters) and has been implemented using Modelica, as modelling language, and Dymola, as simulation environment. In order to minimize the models complexity, a multi-level approach has been adopted. In this paper, an overview of the physical effects considered at each model level is provided, together with the analysis of an EMA study case. The presented simulation results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed virtual testing and analysis tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, PEMD 2014
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Edition628 CP
ISBN (Print)9781849198158
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, PEMD 2014 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Apr 201410 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameIET Conference Publications
Number628 CP
Volume2014

Conference

Conference7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, PEMD 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period8/04/1410/04/14

Keywords

  • Dymola platform
  • Electromechanical actuators
  • Multi-level modelling
  • Permanent magnet machines and power converters modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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