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Thermal Exchange Modelling and Power Optimization


In the frame of the proposed project, a comprehensive Modelica library for the modelling of aircraft air conditioning and thermal management will be developed, covering all relevant fluid domains as well as mechanical, electrical and control aspects. The developed library will cover:
Vapour cycle system, including valves, heat exchangers (two phase – two phase, two phase – liquid, two phase – air), reservoirs and refrigerant compressors
Air cycle system, including compressor, turbines, air – air heat exchangers, water extractors and sprayers, fans, jet pumps, valves and scoops
Liquid loop systems, including piping, pumps, valves, air – liquid heat exchangers and reservoirs
1-D aircraft cabin model, covering 3-D effects backed by experimental validation
Air distribution system models e.g. ducting and mixing chamber
Electrical and mechanical models including motor drives, bearing losses and mechanical connections
System control capabilities and linking the models to external tools
The library will be developed using the latest features of the Modelica language for more robust and efficient simulation. Object-oriented modelling and a user-oriented library structure will allow efficient future development and extension of the library.
The developed models will fully support multilevel modelling, allowing an easy switching between dynamic and steady state modelling for different design phases.
On the basis of this library, a multi-objective optimization strategy will be developed, making full use of the newly created capabilities to model the multi-domain system interdependencies. The multi-objective optimization strategy shall help to find optimum system architectures with respect to the targets of the Clean Sky JTI i.e. minimum environmental impact at minimum overall cost and maximum passenger comfort.

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Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefanie Bollwitt (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 374 835