Presentation Title

Development of Hybrid turbo-Generator Aircraft

Faculty Mentor

Kurt Kloesel

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:00 AM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 93

Session

Poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Development of Hybrid Turbo-Generator Aircraft

By Joseph Christian

A new generation of environmentally friendly airplanes is being developed to help protect the Earth and move the aerospace industry into a clean future. The task is to replace the gas-powered engine used in general aviation twin propeller airplanes with a new, clean, electric engine. A turbo generator placed inside the structure of the airplane could charge the necessary batteries and is believed to be the best solution to the hybrid aircraft challenge. The turbo generator could allow the plane to fly for an extended amount of time compared to what would be possible with batteries alone and no real time charging system. Two types of turbo generator systems so far show great potential. The first is a turbo shaft driven engine that would be modified through its attached gear box to drive a larger generator. The attachment of this generator would be through the main drive shaft, so as to provide the most power to the generator. The second, which is commercially available already, is one component comprised of the generator attached to the turbine. Either of these two choices might provide the electrical power needed for a new type of hybrid electric airplane, and in so doing provide a foundation for future hybrid electric airplane designs.

Summary of research results to be presented

We had found that the picked Turbo Generator system would significantly extend out the flight time of the Tecnam experimental aircraft. through mathematical calculations and 3D modeling we found how the Turbo Generator would fit and how we expect it to operate once it is installed.

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Development of Hybrid turbo-Generator Aircraft

BSC-Ursa Minor 93

Development of Hybrid Turbo-Generator Aircraft

By Joseph Christian

A new generation of environmentally friendly airplanes is being developed to help protect the Earth and move the aerospace industry into a clean future. The task is to replace the gas-powered engine used in general aviation twin propeller airplanes with a new, clean, electric engine. A turbo generator placed inside the structure of the airplane could charge the necessary batteries and is believed to be the best solution to the hybrid aircraft challenge. The turbo generator could allow the plane to fly for an extended amount of time compared to what would be possible with batteries alone and no real time charging system. Two types of turbo generator systems so far show great potential. The first is a turbo shaft driven engine that would be modified through its attached gear box to drive a larger generator. The attachment of this generator would be through the main drive shaft, so as to provide the most power to the generator. The second, which is commercially available already, is one component comprised of the generator attached to the turbine. Either of these two choices might provide the electrical power needed for a new type of hybrid electric airplane, and in so doing provide a foundation for future hybrid electric airplane designs.