Presentation Title

Motor Control Support for NASA's X-57 Research Plane

Faculty Mentor

Kurt Kloesel, Timothy Usher

Start Date

18-11-2017 9:30 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 9:45 AM

Location

9-245

Session

Engineering/CS 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

The X-57 is a fully electric research plane currently under development at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. The plane in its final design will have fourteen electric motors distributed along the leading edge of the wing, and hopes to validate the concept of electric power distribution across multiple motors and to show an overall increase in efficiency compared with a similar plane running on fossil fuels. The current goal is to complete airworthiness tests, including environmental, vibrational, and endurance tests, on some of the key components of the X-57, such as the motor controller and the cruise motors, the largest of the fourteen electric motors. With the application of QDESYS motor control software, the ability to effectively program the motor controllers and operate the cruise motors will allow for airworthiness tests, such as the aforementioned tests, to be completed and will lead to the full integration of systems on the X-57 airframe.

Summary of research results to be presented

Through the application of QDESYS motor control software (described in the abstract), we were able to prepare the X-57 cruise motor controller for environmental, and vibrational testing, and prepare the cruise motor itself for endurance tests, which are currently underway at NASA Armstrong. I will provide a description of these tests, and include the results of such tests in the presentation.

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Nov 18th, 9:30 AM Nov 18th, 9:45 AM

Motor Control Support for NASA's X-57 Research Plane

9-245

The X-57 is a fully electric research plane currently under development at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. The plane in its final design will have fourteen electric motors distributed along the leading edge of the wing, and hopes to validate the concept of electric power distribution across multiple motors and to show an overall increase in efficiency compared with a similar plane running on fossil fuels. The current goal is to complete airworthiness tests, including environmental, vibrational, and endurance tests, on some of the key components of the X-57, such as the motor controller and the cruise motors, the largest of the fourteen electric motors. With the application of QDESYS motor control software, the ability to effectively program the motor controllers and operate the cruise motors will allow for airworthiness tests, such as the aforementioned tests, to be completed and will lead to the full integration of systems on the X-57 airframe.