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Optimization of an Air Core Dual Halbach Array Axial Flux Rim Drive for Electric AircraftThe anticipated development of the on-demand-mobility (ODM) market has accelerated the development of electric aircraft. Most proposed electric aircraft have propulsion systems that consist of fans directly driven by electric motors. The lower complexity of these propulsion systems opens the door to more custom propulsion system designs that are tailored to a given aircraft and its mission. This paper represents initial steps in the development of an electric propulsion system design code. A proof of concept version of the code is presented. The proof of concept version of the code is for the design of an axial flux rim driven propulsion system. NASA's all electric aircraft X-57, is used as a case study for this design code. The results of this case study are used to discuss the feasibility and potential benefits of using an axial flux rim driven propulsor on X-57. The final result of the case study shows a potential 4km increase in range over the current design.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Tallerico,Thomas F.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Chin, Jeffrey C.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Cameron, Zachary A.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 17, 2018
Publication Date
June 23, 2018
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Aviation Forum
Location: Atlanta, GA
Country: United States
Start Date: June 23, 2018
End Date: June 29, 2018
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 533127.02.30.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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