Mechanical and thermal management design of a motor for an aircraft wheel actuator

Z. Xu, M. Galea, C. Tighe, T. Hamiti, C. Gerada, S. J. Pickering

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Abstract

A permanent magnet motor is designed as an actuator for taxiing large aircraft in an airport. The motor is attached to the main aircraft wheel to provide a direct drive. A special topology for this machine is developed selected and designed. Due to a high torque of this machine and requirement for low mass, thermal management of the machine is one of the main challenges. The machine is air cooled with an optimized the fin array to cool the machine. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is applied to get detailed thermal performance of the machine at the design stage to improve the cooling of machine. Initial thermal tests are done and the results used to validate the motor design are predicted for the whole duty cycle of the aircraft taxiing operation using CFD and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 17th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, ICEMS 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3268-3273
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479951611
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 17th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, ICEMS 2014 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: 22 Oct 201425 Oct 2014

Publication series

Name2014 17th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, ICEMS 2014

Conference

Conference2014 17th International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems, ICEMS 2014
Country/TerritoryChina
CityHangzhou
Period22/10/1425/10/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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