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Combined Analysis of NASA's High Efficiency Megawatt Motor and Its ConverterNASA’s High Efficiency Megawatt Motor (HEMM) is being developed to achieve the performance needed by single aisle class electrified aircraft. It is a 1.4 MW electric machine designed as a generator for NASA’s STARC-ABL concept vehicle. It has performance objectives of greater than 16 kW/kg electromagnetic specific power and efficiency of greater than 98%. The key enabling technology for HEMM’s high performance metrics is a superconducting rotor cooled by an integrated cryocooler. HEMM’s integrated cryocooler is being designed to only lift 50 W of heat at its target 50 K cold tip operating temperature. HEMM’s superconducting rotor therefore needs to have essentially zero electromagnetic losses in order to stay below the 50 W heat rejection limit of the cryocooler. This paper presents the combined analysis of HEMM and a preliminarily designed HEMM converter to analyze the rotor loss impact of several potential converter filter topologies. The analysis results point to interleaving and series inductance filters not being sufficient to suppress switching harmonic caused rotor loss. Paths forward to develop a converter to eliminate rotor loss are discussed.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Glenn Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Matthew Granger
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Aaron Anderson
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
John M Maroli
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Thomas Tallerico
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Justin J Scheidler
(Glenn Research Center Cleveland, Ohio, United States)
Date Acquired
July 2, 2021
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
Meeting Information
Meeting: 2021 Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS)
Location: Virtual
Country: US
Start Date: August 11, 2021
End Date: August 13, 2021
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 081876.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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