Multistress Characterization of Fault Mechanisms in Aerospace Electric Actuators

Davide Barater, Fabio Immovilli, Alessandro Soldati, Giampaolo Buticchi, Giovanni Franceschini, Christopher Gerada, Michael Galea

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The concept behind the more electric aircraft is the progressive electrification of on-board actuators and services. It is a way to reduce or eliminate the dependence on hydraulic, mechanical, and bleed air/pneumatic systems, and pursue efficiency, reliability, and maintainability. This paper presents a specialized test rig whose main objective is to assess insulation lifespan modeling under various stress conditions, especially investigating the interaction between ageing factors. The test setup is able to reproduce a multitude of environmental and operational conditions at which electric drives and motors, used in aerospace applications, are subjected. It is thus possible to tailor the test cycle in order to mimic the working cycle of an electrical motor during real operation in aircraft application. The developed test-rig is aimed at projecting the technology readiness to higher levels of maturity in the context of electrical motors and drives for aerospace applications. Its other objective is to validate and support the development of a comprehensive insulation degradation model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7762895
Pages (from-to)1106-1115
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • Electrical fault detection
  • lifetime modeling
  • more electric aircraft (MEA)
  • physics of failure (PoF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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