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Thermal Analysis of a Short-Operating-Duty Dual-Lane Fault-Tolerant Actuator for Aerospace Applications

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rafal Wrobel, Professor Barrie Mecrow



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) published in its final definitive form in 2022. For re-use rights please refer to the publishers terms and conditions.


This paper presents design considerations for a short-operating-duty, fault-tolerant actuator for aerospace applications, with the research focus placed on thermal management. A fully enclosed and naturally ventilated permanent magnet (PM) synchronous machine with a dual-lane modular stator-winding topology is analysed. The aim is to assess alternative solutions for satisfying both sufficient heat removal and simple and robust machine construction design targets. The thermal management is particularly challenging because there are limited means for an effective heat removal from the machine body. Selected design choices impacting the machine’s thermal behaviour, including alternative electrical insulation systems, winding impregnation quality, thermal contact interfaces and different winding and housing configurations are investigated. A three-dimensional (3D) transient finite element (FE) solver has been used to provide a detailed insight into the heat transfer effects. The theoretical findings suggests that the winding impregnation quality has a significant/dominant impact on the actuator’s thermal behaviour, where both heat removal and heat storage need to be well balanced for the short-duty transient operation under a faulted condition.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wrobel R, Mecrow B, Benarous M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2022) 2022

Year of Conference: 2022

Acceptance date: 30/07/2022

Date deposited: 17/10/2022

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/af9c-dw08