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Fault-Tolerant Design Considerations and Control Strategies for Aerospace Drives

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Bennett, Dr Glynn Atkinson, Professor Barrie Mecrow, Dr Dave Atkinson


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This paper considers existing more electric technologies in commercial aircraft and observes modern reliability data and redundancy techniques to highlight the reasons restricting the application of new components featuring electric drives and electromechanical actuation. Two techniques for maintaining a constant torque when faulted are applied to two very different fault-tolerant drives. Taking into consideration the test results and reliability data, conclusions are drawn as to the suitability of these and other drive configurations with regard to the stringent aerospace reliability and fault tolerance standards.

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Author(s): Bennett JW, Atkinson GJ, Mecrow BC, Atkinson DJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

Year: 2012

Volume: 59

Issue: 5

Pages: 2049-2058

Print publication date: 02/02/2012

ISSN (print): 0278-0046

ISSN (electronic): 1557-9948

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2011.2159356


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