The aviation industry has seen a trend for greater electrical power requirements for aircraft systems. However, technology has progressed to the point where some light piloted aircraft are already battery powered, and it is envisioned that future larger aircraft will, to various degrees, be electrically powered.
There are many benefits to the more electric aircraft. The move to electric brakes and the electrical "green taxiing" systems allow airlines to reduce operating costs and environmental impact during ground operations. Wide-body aircraft already benefit from sophisticated electrical power management systems and increased numbers of power-by-wire actuators. Current research and development programmes in Europe and beyond are pushing new technological advances to make electrical systems more reliable, cheaper and lighter. These include new power electronic devices, novel high efficiency power generators, advanced actuation systems as well as real-time power management. These technologies will directly contribute to making aircraft lighter and hence reduce fuel consumption paving the way towards greener aviation. The emerging distributed propulsion concepts are likely to impact the design of future generation of aircraft at structure, propulsion and flight control levels.
Following the successful European conference held in Toulouse in February 2015 with more than 100 focused presentations, the organisers of MEA2017 invite industry and research representatives to contribute to this new exciting edition in Bordeaux, and prepare to share ideas, lessons learnt and solutions relating to technological developments as well as future concepts associated to more/all electrical aircraft.
Transport aircraft, light aircraft, remotely piloted and lighter than air, will be considered, either for commercial, military or private use; fixed wing as well as rotorcraft; from modelling and simulations up to flight test and even aircraft dismantling; from systems down to electrical components; technologies as well as techniques; and both disruptive and incremental improvements.
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