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Electrified Aircraft Propulsion Systems: Gas Turbine Control Considerations for the Mitigation of Potential Failure Modes and HazardsThis paper provides a high-level review of the potential failure modes and hazards to which electrified aircraft propulsion (EAP) systems are susceptible, along with potential gas turbine control-based strategies to assist in the mitigation of those failures. To introduce the types of failures that an EAP system may experience, a generic EAP system is considered, consisting of gas turbine engines, mechanical drives, electric machines, power electronics and distribution systems, energy storage devices, and motor driven propulsors. The functionality provided by each of these EAP subsystems is discussed, along with their potential failure modes, and possible strategies for mitigating those failures. To further illustrate the role of gas turbine controls in mitigating EAP failure modes, an example based on a simulated EAP concept aircraft proposed by NASA is given. The effects of failures are discussed, along with turbomachinery control strategies, including reversionary control modes, and control limit logic.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Donald L Simon
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Joseph W Connolly
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
May 26, 2020
Subject Category
Aircraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: ASME 2020 Turbo Expo
Location: Virtual
Country: US
Start Date: September 21, 2020
End Date: September 25, 2020
Sponsors: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 081876.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
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