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EMA4FLIGHT Report Summary

Project ID: 738042
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EMA4FLIGHT (Development of Electromechanical Actuators and Electronic control Units for Flight Control Systems)

Reporting period: 2017-02-01 to 2018-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

EMA4FLIGHt Project aims to design, develop, manufacture and validate optimized and reliable innovative Electro-Mechanical Actuators (EMAs), and their dedicated Electronic Control Units (ECUs) for aileron/spoiler flight control surfaces actuation and for winglet/flap-tab surfaces actuation. These EMA/ECU sub-systems will be, in the future, boarded onto FTB2 Regional Aircraft IADP for their in-flight validation. The development of electromechanical actuation systems for aircrafts will help to achieve the objectives set by ACARE for the aeronautics industry as they will reduce the weight of the aircrafts enabling a comsumption reduction.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first period of the Project the most relevant results of the developments are:
• Aileron/Spoiler sub-system:
o Preliminary ECU, Motor and Ballscrew design.
o ECU hardware software plans and standards for RTCA-DO254 and RTCA-DO178.
o Back up SHA under manufacturing.
• Winglet/Flap tab sub-system:
o ECU preliminary design.
o ECU plans and standards for RTCA-DO254.
o Flab tab EMA’s selected.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The new actuation systems will help the reduction of emissions of the aricrafts due to the reduction on the overall weight of the aircraft, therefore, contributing to reach the goals set by ACARE for the aeronautic industry in 2050. The developed ECU, motor and ballscrews for aileron spoiler subsystems and the flap tab and winglet ECU will contribute to weight savings and therefore, to a greener aviation.
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