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NASA Electric Aircraft Test Bed (NEAT) Development Plan - Design, Fabrication, InstallationAs large airline companies compete to reduce emissions, fuel, noise, and maintenance costs, it is expected that more of their aircraft systems will shift from using turbofan propulsion, pneumatic bleed power, and hydraulic actuation, to instead using electrical motor propulsion, generator power, and electrical actuation. This requires new flight-weight and flight-efficient powertrain components, fault tolerant power management, and electromagnetic interference mitigation technologies. Moreover, initial studies indicate some combination of ambient and cryogenic thermal management and relatively high bus voltages when compared to state of practice will be required to achieve a net system benefit. Developing all these powertrain technologies within a realistic aircraft architectural geometry and under realistic operational conditions requires a unique electric aircraft testbed. This report will summarize existing testbed capabilities located in the U.S. and details the development of a unique complementary testbed that industry and government can utilize to further mature electric aircraft technologies.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Dyson, Rodger W. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
August 18, 2016
Publication Date
July 1, 2016
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion and Power
Aircraft Design, Testing and Performance
Report/Patent Number
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 081876.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Hybrid Electric

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