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Design and Test of a Structurally-Integrated Heat Sink for the Maxwell X-57 High Lift Motor ControllerAn innovative thermal management solution was conceptualized, built and tested for the X57 Maxwell electric airplane. A combination of commercial CFD codes and bespoke thermal modeling tools were employed to rapidly develop a structurally-integral power electronics heat sink. A structurally-integrated heat sink was devised for the GIMC-SCEPTOR high lift motor controller. The nacelle-conforming sink is designed to dissipate heat from the power electronics assembly while simultaneously acting as the mechanical load path between the wing structure and high lift motor.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Edwards, Ryan
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Smith, Andrew
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
November 21, 2019
Publication Date
August 26, 2019
Subject Category
Quality Assurance And Reliability
Structural Mechanics
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Thermal & Fluids Analysis Workshop
Location: Hampton, VA
Country: United States
Start Date: August 26, 2019
End Date: August 30, 2019
Sponsors: NASA Headquarters
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 107210.02.06.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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