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Smart multilevel Power conditioning for AeRonautical elecTricAl uNits

Project description

Intelligent power conditioning protects future aircraft from fluctuations and surges

‘Intelligent’ or ‘smart’ devices are virtually ubiquitous these days, sensing their environment and responding to it to enhance functionality or prevent loss of function. Intelligent power modules (IPM) are among the most recent developments in power engineering. They are ‘power conditioners,’ highly integrated solid-state power switches supported by self-protection functions to shield sensitive loads. They are designed to drive motors in many applications and will be important to Europe’s advanced, more electric aircraft. The EU-funded SPARTAN project is addressing this challenge by developing highly robust and reliable IPMs for the power conditioning of multiple electrical sources, to be integrated into the electrical power generation system of future aircraft.


This proposal aims to develop and demonstrate a highly robust and reliable Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) for the power conditioning of multiple electrical sources, optimall integrated into the electrical power generation system of the aircraft. Specific objectives are listed as follows:
• Development of high performance and efficiency IPMs with a minimum impact on the size and weigth of the systems. This objective includes a design based on the most adequate topology based on advanced multilevel and interleaved topologies allowing a minimization of the passive components in terms of size and weight.
• Achieve a high performance based on the use of high-efficiency wide bandgap semiconductors and its integration in the most suitable multilevel topology, at the same time that minimum size and weight are pursued.
• High reliability and robustness based on a modular multilevel approach which removes the affected module in case of failure avoiding an interruption of the operation and permiting the operation with a degraded performance.
• Achievement a high modularity and scalability with a high percentage of common design of the AC/DC and DC/DC modules, optimizing thus the integration of both power stages, the manufacting process and the Mean Time Between Repair.
• Providing a full controllability of both power stages to higher hierarchical controller based on an advanced hardware/software architecture scheme with a multi-core approach (FPGA + DSP+ARM) that fully control each power module with a high bandwidth capacity. The developed control electronics includes advanced features that includes protection and failure management functions for a primary and fast response and the possibility for implementing autonomous and/or emergency strategies
• Development of a specific modulation to obtain the highest performance of the proposed topology, optimizing the desired parameters (efficiency, losses, …)


Net EU contribution
€ 162 668,34
41309 Rinconada La Sevilla

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Sur Andalucía Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 232 383,34

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