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Efficient and Light Electrical Compressor for Tilt-Rotor Aircraft


The main objectives of the proposed ELECTRA project are:
1. The development of an optimal architecture for a bleedless cabin pressurization system (CPS)
2. The development, manufacturing, test and qualification of CPS hardware suitable for flight testing on the next-generation tiltrotor technology demonstrator

To achieve the objectives, ELECTRA will:
1. Set up a simulation platform
2. Perform system-level and equipment-level trade-off analyses
3. Develop equipment hardware: cabin pressure management system, electrical compressor, electronic control unit and its firmware, outflow valve and several other system components
4. Develop a test rig for hardware testing, emulating the cabin pressurization system, and test the developed hardware
5. Develop a prototype qualification unit and perform environmental qualification tests
6. Develop a prototype flight unit, cleared for flight on the next-generation tiltrotor technology demonstrator

ELECTRA contributes to task 1.6.3 of the Joint Technology Programme, “Pressurization and Environmental Control System Components Design, Manufacturing and Testing”, by contributing to these JTP objectives:
• Reduction of carbon emissions through improved energy efficiency
• Reduced cost of ownership
• European industrial leadership on ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’
• Improving mobility through new mobility concepts (more flexible, resilient, effective and affordable)
• Spin-off from research innovation activities to other aircraft

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/energy efficiency
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

CS2-IA - Innovation action


Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 600 000

Participants (1)

EU contribution
€ 600 000
Planthofsweg 79
7601 PJ Almelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)