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AERTECVTI — Result In Brief

Project ID: 271875
Funded under: FP7-JTI
Country: Spain

Testing aircraft electronics of the future

Increasing electrical control of traditionally hydraulic and pneumatic systems could make the friendly skies a lot quieter and aeroplanes much more reliable. A novel power electronic modules test bench integrating three tests in one will spur development.
Testing aircraft electronics of the future
More-electric aircraft (MEA) is an emerging design concept on the road to future all-electric aircraft. An aeroplane's non-propulsion functions such as raising and lowering the landing gear are transitioning to electric power rather than the current hybrid of hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical and electrical.

Owing to MEA's huge potential to reduce the aviation industry's carbon footprint and costs while enhancing efficiency and safety, Europe's aviation industry has been collaborating closely in this area of research. With financial support from the EU, the 'Test bench for endurance test and reliability prediction of avionics power electronic modules' (AERTECVTI) project developed a multi-components test bench to put MEA's power electronic converters through their paces.

The bench simulates realistic extreme conditions of temperature, humidity and vibration, and can run steady-state and transient test modes. It integrates three conventional test systems in one to test the reliability of the on-board power electronics (components and converters level).

AERTECVTI houses a climatic chamber, a vibration test system and an electrical characterisation bench test. Thanks to its large size and electrical connectivity, the test bench can control and monitor up to 25 components simultaneously. To maximise user friendliness, there is also a graphical user interface to control, monitor and combine several parameters.

Scientists have provided the means to enhance efficiency and reliability of verification and qualification of future aircraft power electronics converters in a severe multi-constrained environment according to DO-160E. AERTECVTI technology will support designers in selecting system architectures that best meet customer needs in a knowledge-based way. It will also significantly shorten the design cycle and related costs for a major boost to competitiveness. AERTECVTI outcomes will thus be a critical step on the road to MEA.

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Power electronic modules, test bench, more-electric aircraft, avionics, extreme conditions, DO-160 standard, qualification, endurance and reliability tests, age components, power converters
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