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Propulsion Control Technology Development Needs to Address NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Goals for Thrusts 3a and 4The Commercial Aero-Propulsion Control Working Group (CAPCWG), consisting of propulsion control technology leads from The Boeing Company, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Glenn Research Center, has been working together over the past year to identify propulsion control technology areas of common interest that we believe are critical to achieving the challenging NASA Aeronautics Research goals for Thrust 3a: Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles - Subsonic Transports, and Thrust 4: Transition to Alternative Propulsion and Energy. This paper describes the various propulsion control technology development areas identified by CAPCWG as most critical for NASA to invest in. For Thrust 3a these are: i) Integrated On-Board Model Based Engine Control and Health Management; ii) Flexible and Modular Networked Control Hardware and Software Architecture; iii) Intelligent Air/Fuel Control for Low Emissions Combustion; and iv) Active Clearance Control. For Thrust 4a, the focus is on Hybrid Electric Propulsion (HEP) for single aisle commercial aircraft. The specific technology development areas include: i) Integrated Power and Propulsion System Dynamic Modeling for Control; ii) Control Architectures for HEP; iii) HEP Control Verification and Validation; and iv) Engine/Airplane Control Integration. For each of the technology areas, the discussion includes: problem to be solved and how it relates to NASA goals, and the challenges to be addressed in reducing risk.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Adibhatla, Shreeder
(General Electric Aviation Cincinnati, OH, United States)
Ding, Jerry
(United Technologies Research Center East Hartford, CT, United States)
Garg, Sanjay
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Griffith, Scot
(Honeywell Aerospace Phoenix, AZ, United States)
Karnofski, Kent
(Boeing Co. Seattle, WA, United States)
Payne, Nathan
(Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc. Indianapolis, IN, United States)
Simon, Donald L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Wood, Bruce
(Pratt and Whitney Aircraft East Hartford, CT, United States)
Date Acquired
September 17, 2018
Publication Date
July 7, 2018
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Propulsion and Energy Forum 2018
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Country: United States
Start Date: July 7, 2018
End Date: July 13, 2018
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 869021.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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