Aerospace Systems: EU FP6 More Open Electrical Technologies

MOET (More Open Electrical Technologies) ran from 2006-2009, and was a 67M Euro project involving 62 entities from 15 European countries. Myself (when I was working at the University of Sheffield), Pat Wheeler from Nottingham University, Andy Forsythe from Manchester University and Phil Mellor from Bristol University formed AIMEA-UK to act as a single body interacting with the grant awarding process and subsequent project. As a result, we gained the largest partner stake in the project after leaders Airbus.

On project delivery, I was Principal Investigator for workpackage 3.2.2
Optimised power systems, electrical machines, architecture and energy storage for the more electric aircraft.

 

 

 

 

More Open Electrical Technologies Proposal

In line with the vision 2020, MOET aims to establish the new industrial standard for commercial aircraft electrical system design, which will directly contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of the aeronautical industry. MOET will also contribute reducing aircraft emissions and improving operational aircraft capacity. Recent National and European research activities and state of the art commercial aircraft developments, have launched more advanced approaches for on-board energy power management systems. These benefits have also been recognised in North America where this is being given special consideration. A step change is necessary to remove current air and hydraulic engine off-takes and further increase the electrical power generation capability.

This in itself will require significant changes to current electrical generation and network techniques. After Fly by wire, the Power by Wire concept (PbW) will enhance aircraft design and use by power source rationalisation and electrical power flexibility. This will be achieved by developing the necessary design principles, technologies and standards.

Over a 3-year period, MOET will permit to:
– Validate scalable electrical networks up to 1MW considering new voltages and advanced concepts including system transformation of future air, actuation and electrical systems into all electrical solutions,
– Assess the PbW concept integration at aircraft level considering a more composite environment and the interfaces with the avionics world,
– Build a design environment aiming to design and validate standardised solutions and a coherent set of platforms open to the full supply chain, in order to develop an optimised high performance PbW concept.

MOET is a consortium of 62 European partners from 15 countries composed of universities, research centres a broad range of aircraft, system and component manufacturers representing the whole supply chain who are ready to set up the PbW standard.