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Design and Development of a 200-kW Turbo-Electric Distributed Propulsion TestbedThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) (Edwards, California) is developing a Hybrid-Electric Integrated Systems Testbed (HEIST) Testbed as part of the HEIST Project, to study power management and transition complexities, modular architectures, and flight control laws for turbo-electric distributed propulsion technologies using representative hardware and piloted simulations. Capabilities are being developed to assess the flight readiness of hybrid electric and distributed electric vehicle architectures. Additionally, NASA will leverage experience gained and assets developed from HEIST to assist in flight-test proposal development, flight-test vehicle design, and evaluation of hybrid electric and distributed electric concept vehicles for flight safety. The HEIST test equipment will include three trailers supporting a distributed electric propulsion wing, a battery system and turbogenerator, dynamometers, and supporting power and communication infrastructure, all connected to the AFRC Core simulation. Plans call for 18 high performance electric motors that will be powered by batteries and the turbogenerator, and commanded by a piloted simulation. Flight control algorithms will be developed on the turbo-electric distributed propulsion system.
Document ID
20160009765
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Papathakis, Kurt V.
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Kloesel, Kurt J.
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Lin, Yohan
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Clarke, Sean
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Ediger, Jacob J.
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Ginn, Starr
(NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Edwards, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 2, 2016
Publication Date
July 25, 2016
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2016-4611
DFRC-E-DAA-TN31150
Meeting Information
AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference (Propulsion Energy 2016)(Salt Lake City, UT)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
distributed
Hybrid Electric
propulsion
Hardware-in-the-loop
Iron Bird

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