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Reference Number EP/Y006437/1
Title Superconducting electrical machines for zero emission aviation
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency (Transport) 5%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies 95%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 30%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 30%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr M Zhang
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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Bath
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 March 2024
End Date 28 February 2029
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £1,269,641
Industrial Sectors
Region South West
Programme Frontier Grants - Starter
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M Zhang , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath (100.000%)
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Abstract Electrical machines are electromechanical energy converters between electrical/mechanical energy in both generating and motoring applications. Existing electrical machines rely on copper windings and iron circuits for electro-magnetic coupling, resulting in insufficient machine power density for zero-emission aviation electrification. High temperature superconductors (HTS) offer a ground-breaking and transformative way to develop high power density electrical machines with high efficiency. The zero resistivity of HTS enables ironless magnetic couplings with high electrical and magnetic loadings for a HTS machine. However, power densities of the HTS machines demonstrated to date are at least three times lower than theoretical predictions, due the fundamental challenges in understanding the complex inter-relationship between HTS and rotational electromagnetism. SUPERMAN aims to revolutionise HTS machine technology by providing ground-breaking technologies to develop novel HTS machines with high power density and efficiency, enabling them to replace fossil fuel driven counterparts in zero-emission aviation. By demonstrating an electrical machine to match the power density of gas turbine cores, SUPERMAN will generate an immediate impact in the aviation industry. As a multi-disciplinary research program bringing together material science, physics and engineering, SUPERMAN will open up new research frontiers in applying cutting-edge superconductivity to tackle clean energy conversion challenges
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