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FUTPRINT50

Goal: Accelerate entry into service for Hybrid Electric Aircraft. For a 50 PAX class aircraft, create open references, improve storage, energy harvest and thermal management knowledge. Create technology and regulatory roadmaps. An H2020 project ID 875551 @ www.futprint50.eu

Date: 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022

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Ricardo dos Reis
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1st of April we had a very nice advisory board meeting on Hybrid-Electric regional aircraft Operations & Sustaining for the #FutPrint50 project! Thanks to our Advisory Board members!
 
Ricardo dos Reis
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Recently, the new Green Deal policy initiative was presented by the European Union. The EU aims to achieve a sustainable future and be the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It targets all of the continent’s industries, meaning aviation must contribute to these changes as well. By employing a systems engineering approach, this high-level task can be split into different levels to get from the vision to the relevant system or product itself. Part of this iterative process involves the aircraft requirements, which make the goals more achievable on the system level and allow validation of whether the designed systems fulfill these requirements. Within this work, the top-level aircraft requirements (TLARs) for a hybrid-electric regional aircraft for up to 50 passengers are presented. Apart from performance requirements, other requirements, like environmental ones, are also included. To check whether these requirements are fulfilled, different reference missions were defined which challenge various extremes within the requirements. Furthermore, figures of merit are established, providing a way of validating and comparing different aircraft designs. The modular structure of these aircraft designs ensures the possibility of evaluating different architectures and adapting these figures if necessary. Moreover, different criteria can be accounted for, or their calculation methods or weighting can be changed.
Electric and Hybrid-Electric Aircraft (HEA) propulsion system designs shall bring challenges at aircraft and systems level, mainly in propulsion, electric and thermal management systems (TMS). The electrification of the propulsion system relies on large and high-power electrical equipment (e.g., electrical motors, converters, power electronics, batteries, and others) that dissipate heat at a rate at least one order of magnitude higher than conventional propulsion aircraft systems. As a result, high impacts on weight, drag and power consumption of the TMS/cooling systems at the aircraft level are expected. This paper proposes potential technologies to perform the thermal management of future electric and HEA, in the context of FUTPRINT50 project. For each technology, relevant aspects such as its integration to aircraft, safety, operational and maintenance impacts, certification, technologies readiness level (TRL) and the latest research works are analysed. A quantitative comparison of the several technologies is also proposed considering weight, volume, electric power consumption, pneumatic air flow and cooling air flow per cooling effect. Lastly, we present a set of potential TMS architectures for HEA.
Dominique Paul Bergmann
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A hybrid-electric regional aircraft for 50 passengers has challenges in technology, operation and future regulations similar to larger class aircraft. It is thus at the right spot to drive technology, regulations and operational developments in order to accelerate cleaner flight technologies based on propulsion electrification. The FutPrInt50 team set up Top-Level Aircraft Requirements that aim to be a reference foundation for the development of specific topics handled in this H2020 project but also drive the open collaboration model adopted by FutPrInt50. In this paper the development of the mission statement will be explained for a hybrid-electric 50 passenger regional aircraft, which builds the framework for the Top-Level Aircraft Requirements. To further support development from these requirements, a mission scenario will be presented for this class of aircraft.
In the course of the aircraft design process for a hybrid-electric aircraft, a number of configuration alternatives have to be assessed. In addition, novel propulsion concepts have to be compared to a conventional reference aircraft. These comparisons are carried out by means of suitable figures of merit, adapted to a reference mission. This work will give insight into the process of identifying suitable figures of merit for a 50-seat hybrid-electric regional aircraft, which was carried out in the Horizon 2020 project FutPrInt50. Coming from a thorough perspective, a down-selection leads to a graspable number of parameters which are categorized in regard to the environment, to the airline desirability, and to the introduction of hybrid-electric aircraft. Those figures of merit, like emissions and operating costs, are gathered in an objective function which can support an overall evaluation of the aircraft design. This offers a detailed, yet transparent assessment of the various designs.
Ricardo dos Reis
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FUTPRINT50 started a series of workshops to discuss interactions & synergies among the key-technologies considered in the project:
Energy Harvesting
Energy Storage
Thermal Management
& their integration challenges in:
Missions & Energy Strategies
Propulsion & Electric motors
Concept Integration
The first e-workshop led by #Delft_University_of_Technology with support by #Niccolò_Cusano_University joined +30 researchers to discuss approaches, interfaces & potential issues for energy harvesting with propellers, covering topics ranging from energy efficiency to noise emissions, to integration at aircraft level & more.
 
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#FUTPRINT50 will develop:
✅promising software tools
✅innovative aircraft electrification technologies
✅a common roadmap for technology & regulation for this class of hybrid-electric aircraft
📗Discover our new brochure hot off the press: https://bit.ly/2Y30Sbn
 
Ricardo dos Reis
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Expect more news soon, the website has become live. We went through the Top Level Aircraft Requirements and are discussing our Missions and Energy Management strategies. Expecting some lively e-workshop discussions.
We will also be opening soon the rules for the Futprint50 Academy!
 
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Ricardo dos Reis
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Accelerate entry into service for Hybrid Electric Aircraft. For a 50 PAX class aircraft, create open references, improve storage, energy harvest and thermal management knowledge. Create technology and regulatory roadmaps. An H2020 project ID 875551 @ www.futprint50.eu