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Advanced Superconducting Motor Experimental Demonstrator

Objective

Air traffic is projected to grow worldwide by 5% per year resulting in increasing fossil fuel consumption and emissions. Previous studies have shown that hybrid-electric distributed propulsion (DP) in civilian aircraft offers a route to achieve the massive reductions in fuel consumption and emission targeted by Flightpath 2050. These studies identify the necessity of potential superconducting solutions to achieve the required power densities and efficiencies. However, no suitable superconductive motor is available to realize DP in large aircraft and no prototypes have been constructed with this aim. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the benefits of a new fully superconducting motor with a power density of 20kW/kg. In particular, the ASuMED project will: design an appropriate motor topology, develop a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) stator with an electric loading of >450kA/m, develop a rotor using HTS stacks operating like permanent magnets providing an average magnetic loading of >2.5 T, integrate a magnetization system into the stator area, implement a light, highly efficient cryostat for the motor combined with an integrated cryogenic cooling system and associated power converter.
The above technologies will be demonstrated in a prototype with approximately 1 MW power at 10.000rpm and a thermal loss <0.1%, showing scalability to higher power values. In addition to the motor development, new active cooling designs will be investigated and novel numerical methods will be developed for 2D modelling of superconducting motors at the level of individual turns in the windings and for 3D modelling of motor components. Moreover, an innovative modular inverter topology with enhanced failure protection will be designed, to realize the highly dynamic and robust control of superconducting machines. After assembly of the overall motor, final tests will evaluate the technology´s benefits and allow its integration into designs for future aircraft.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/topology
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/superconductor
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2016-Two-Stages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

OSWALD ELEKTROMOTOREN GMBH
Address
Benzstrasse 12
63897 Miltenberg
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 774 250

Participants (9)

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 151 593,75
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 619 225
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 364 635
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ASCHAFFENBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 480 000
Address
Wuerzburger Strasse 45
63743 Aschaffenburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AIR LIQUIDE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 620 000
Address
Quai D'orsay 75
75007 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DEMACO HOLLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 602 031,25
Address
Oester 2
1723 HW Noord Scharwoude
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CLOSE JOINT-STOCK COMPANY SUPEROX
Russia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Nauchnyi Proezd 20/2
117246 Moscow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 286 210
Address
Dubravska 9
841 04 Bratislava
Activity type
Research Organisations
K & S GMBH PROJEKTMANAGEMENT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 109 531,25
Address
Purweider Winkel 52
52070 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)