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On-board microgrids for the More Electric Aircraft: technology review

Giampaolo, Buticchi; Serhiy, Bozhko; Marco, Liserre; Patrick, Wheeler; Kamal, Al-Haddad


Buticchi Giampaolo

Professor of Aircraft Electric Power Systems

Liserre Marco

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Professor of Power Electronic Systems

Al-Haddad Kamal


This paper presents an overview of technology related to on-board microgrids for the More Electric Aircraft. All aircraft use an isolated system, where security of supply and power density represent the main requirements. Different distribution systems (AC and DC) and voltage levels coexist, and power converters have the central role in connecting them with high reliability and high power density. Ensuring the safety of supply with a limited redundancy is one of the targets of the system design, since it allows increasing the power density. This main challenge is often tackled with proper load management and advanced control strategies, as highlighted in this paper.


Giampaolo, B., Serhiy, B., Marco, L., Patrick, W., & Kamal, A. (2018). On-board microgrids for the More Electric Aircraft: technology review. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 66(7), 5588-5599.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 7, 2018
Publication Date Dec 7, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 7, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 7, 2019
Journal IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Print ISSN 0278-0046
Electronic ISSN 1557-9948
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 7
Pages 5588-5599
Keywords Index Terms—Aerospace engineering, DC-DC Power; Converters, AC-AC Power Converters, Power System; Management
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