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Research and Realization of High-Power Medium-Voltage Active Rectifier Concepts for Future Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Generation

Trentin, Andrew; Sala, Giacomo; Tarisciotti, Luca; Galassini, Alessandro; Degano, Michele; Connor, Peter H.; Golovanov, Dmitry; Gerada, David; Xu, Zeyuan; La Rocca, Antonino; Eastwick, Carol N.; Pickering, Stephen J.; Wheeler, Patrick; Clare, Jon C.; Gerada, Chris

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Authors

ANDREW TRENTIN andrew.trentin@nottingham.ac.uk
Senior Application Engineers in N Industrialisation of Electrical Machines and Drives

Giacomo Sala

Luca Tarisciotti

Alessandro Galassini

MICHELE DEGANO Michele.Degano@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Advanced Electrical Machines

PETER CONNOR Peter.Connor@nottingham.ac.uk
Senior Application Engineers in Industrialisation of Electrical Machines and Drives

Dmitry Golovanov

DAVID GERADA D.Gerada@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Electrical Engineering

ZEYUAN XU ZEYUAN.XU@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Principal Research Fellow

ANTONINO LA ROCCA ANTONINO.LAROCCA@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Applied Thermofluids and Propulsion Systems

CAROL EASTWICK CAROL.EASTWICK@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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PATRICK WHEELER pat.wheeler@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Power Electronic Systems

Jon C. Clare



Abstract

In this article, we describe the research and development of a 3 kV active rectifier for a 4 MW aerospace generator drive system demonstrator. The converter is fed by a multiphase high-speed/high-frequency permanent magnet generator. The main aim of the work is to demonstrate for the first time the feasibility of an MW-class generator system meeting future hybrid-electric propulsion requirements. A concept with multiple and isolated three-phase systems feeding different power buses is proposed to meet the availability requirements. Multiple converters (one for each three-phase system) are connected in series and/or in parallel to achieve the rated power and dc-link voltage. This article describes the key design concepts and the development and testing of the converter to meet the challenging application requirements. Reduced power tests are carried out on a full-scale 4 MW converter prototype, validating the proposed design. The work represents a step forward in terms of voltage, power, and output frequency with respect to the state-of-the-art.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 8, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 3, 2020
Publication Date 2021-12
Deposit Date Dec 17, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 18, 2020
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 68
Issue 12
Pages 11684-11695
DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/TIE.2020.3040692
Keywords Hybrid Electric Aircraft; High-Power Generation Systems; High-Power High-Voltage Converter Design; Multiphase Drives; Aerospace Generation Drives; Variable Speed Drives
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/5154762
Publisher URL https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9280429
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