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Power Allocation and Generator Sizing Optimisation of More-Electric Aircraft On-board Electrical Power during Different Flight Stages

Wang, Xin; Atkin, Jason; Hill, Christopher; Bozhko, Serhiy

Authors

Xin Wang

Jason Atkin

Christopher Hill

Serhiy Bozhko



Abstract

The development of future More Electric Aircraft (MEA) requires exploitation of light-weighted on-board Electrical Power System (EPS) architectural design and energy saving power management strategies. Seeking for the optimal solutions in these key aspects, two vital prerequisites should be ensured for the entire flight stages with load requirements changes – one is the optimal power allocation (OPA) aiming to route the power in the system with less transmission losses, and the other one is the optimal generator sizing (OGS) targeting on minimising the required overload capabilities for a lighter generator. Despite different objectives, these two optimisation problems should both meet the load requirements and system operation constraints, including the power balancing and limitations, contactor switching logic, the transmission losses of cables, and the nonlinear converter efficiencies. In this paper, we first propose a formulation method based on the optimal power flow (OPF) model to constitute the system constraints for both optimisation problem, and combining with specific objectives and constraints, the problems of OPA and OGS can be mathematically modelled. By linearizing the nonlinear transmission efficiencies with piecewise functions, the proposed models can be solved using the mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) in CPLEX solver.

Start Date Aug 19, 2019
Publication Date Aug 19, 2019
Publisher American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
ISBN 9781624105906
APA6 Citation Wang, X., Atkin, J., Hill, C., & Bozhko, S. (2019). Power Allocation and Generator Sizing Optimisation of More-Electric Aircraft On-board Electrical Power during Different Flight Stages. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-4485
DOI https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2019-4485
Publisher URL https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2019-4485

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