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Embedded Software forPower Electronics Applications

The More Electric Aircraft - Why Aerospace Needs Power Electronics... Software !


Here is a great presentation from Prof. Pat Wheeler of the University of Notthingham, United Kingdom. From this presentation, we can outline the following:

  • A movement from "old" pneumatic/hydraulic/mechanic actuator technology into inverter powered electrical motors technologies
  • For a same 40MW Propulsion Thrust output, losses are reduced by nearly 59% (1.7MW to 1MW)
  • Other benefits: reduced weight, easier maintenance, more contrallibility and intelligence (fault detection and diagnosis)
  • Power electronics improve both generator (mechanical to electric) and actuators (electric to mechanical) energy conversions and enable energy regeneration

This leads aircraft manufacturers to design safer and quieter planes that can flight longer distances with less fuel. This is why aerospace industry needs more power electronics... software!

Please find below how Alizem embedded motor control software for critical applications can contribute to "more electric aircraft" and help aircraft system designers to win in their market:


Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software IP for Critical Applications


Boeing - 787 No-Bleed Systems: Saving Fuel and enhancing operational efficiencies

Boeing - Future Aircraft Power Systems - Integration Challenges

Safran - More-electric aircraft: to power the future


System modularity is key for OEM machine builders

DesignNews has recently published an excellent article titled Trends in Integrated Motor Drives.

According to this article:

"The trend toward distributing automation and motion control devices is enabling the move to modular machine designs, and has become a large part of the underlying value proposition for integrated motor drives that incorporate servo technology."

Further in this article, the author Al Presher talks about system architectures that "are becoming more modular by design and offer a logical combination of mechanical, electrical and software modularity".

By offering application-specific COTS motor control software, Alizem is definely in line with this trend by allowing machine builders a maximum of flexibility in the choice of their system components including the choice of their electronic device and software. 

By using Alizem Motor Control Software IP, machine builders can then focus their time and budget on designing the best product possible in line with customer requirements without having to care about all technicalities related to software development. Alizem software maintenance and upgrades allow them to keep peace of mind during the whole life cycle of their product.

We thank the author and DesignNews for publishing this great article.