Rachael Butler joins Jane Perrone of AIIM as they look at potential energy storage devices for upcoming biofuels and electric-powered aircraft
To support the Airbus-led campaign to extend the flying range of commercial aircraft to 3,000 nautical miles, Jonathan Belton of CSKA has shown how the setting up of a rechargeable battery park in Phuket could become a model for a similar initiative around the world. The concept could cut the amount of fuel required to fly the 489 nautical miles from Phuket (52.82 hours) to Bangkok (51.47 hours) by approximately 25 percent.
In the picture above, the European Space Agency (ESA) is testing a lightweight, electrical-generating membrane to recharge the batteries of the space shuttles and Skylab missions.
Helmet impact test shows why no-flyzone of N1 has to be maintained
Here’s Rachael Butler of AIIM and Jane Perrone of AIIM looking at future technologies such as fuel cells and fuel cell-powered aircraft to reduce costs and enhance fuel efficiency and durability of aircraft.
Professor Anthony Awana of the Massey University Cooperative Research Centre on Carbon Sequestration and Flight Research (MRCCRF) sees the role of fuel cell technology in meeting the growing energy needs of the global aviation industry as that of a ‘medical case manager’ enabling a safe, safe community of energy-efficient biofuels and electric engines in the future.
Rapid engine changeover required to fly electric-powered aircraft
Anthony said he has been researching the implications of a future on board Engine Operating Systems (EOS) for more than twenty years, but really began thinking about their options within the last few years and is now using the Mass Ascension of Fuel Cell Electromagnetic Circuits (MEFCECs) experiment at the Race for EOS project to investigate the feasibility of engines using fuel cells for less than 10% of total fuel consumption.
In the image below, Professor Awana compares the two technology buts of EOS: traditional electrical, combined with one time fuel input and low-levels of fuel input electronics (the power management unit; mPCE); with dual technologies that rely solely on electrical power including dual deployment with high levels of on board electronics and some onboard fuel use.
Perrone of AIIM explores how an engine utilizing both technologies might work on a very wide scale.
Demonstration and demonstration day: Syngenta and Airbus team up on low biofuels material
And even though the period of sustainable biofuels has passed, Airbus has found a commercial solution with Syngenta to develop highly renewable materials for the production of syngas fuel with low calories. The gases produced during the production of syngas could be converted into low-sulphur jet fuel and then used for its fuel jet operation.
Rachael Butler and Jane Perrone discuss the benefits for aircraft.
Professor Awana is still conducting investigations into the feasibility of these fuels and assessing the implications of such a fuel-cell technology on the consequences of jet engine turbine vibrations.
Airbus has commissioned two new studies – a Research 500 biofuels feasibility study and a PROMISE biofuels testing and evaluation program – to identify which biofuels are economically and technically viable to utilise.
Aerospace Design and Product Development seminar on installation and refurbishment
In the first of a series of seminars hosted by British Aerospace held at Salzburg PAI Regional Centre in Austria, speakers examined the real and imaginative opportunities offered by simple re-use of aircraft parts in a production environment. Topics include: a ‘Blueprint for sustainable rebuilding’ of used aircraft structures, manufacturer’s level plan for avionics to be sustainable, and radical architecture solutions for sustainable consumption of material. The programme is hosted by ESA (Programme ETOGEH 6).
By bringing aerogate between the past and the future, ‘Aerofiber’ will explore the question, ‘Where are we going with aerogate?’.
For more insight on these topics, check out the UK Air Line Pilots Association and Airbus’ European Aviation College events and Airline Business’s virtual Airbus event of the week.