The general objective of this part of the Eco-Design ITD is to make a significant step towards the concept of the all-electric vehicle system aircraft. Thus the feasibility of such an aircraft has to be investigated through the study of innovative energy management architectures while reducing ground and flight tests with innovative concepts and technologies.
To develop, validate and finally demonstrate these energy management architectures a ground thermal test bench will be installed based on the use of an aircraft representative fuselage including various typical areas to cover the problems encountered for the thermal modelling. To achieve this the ground thermal test bench is planned to consist of three fuselage mock-ups containing equipment, representing the thermal dissipation of the aircraft systems, and an ancillary thermal bench element with modular measurement and calibration capability.
As the required boundary conditions of the bench equipment are very extreme concerning temperatures, humidification and pressure, the work within BESTT is allocated within seven work packages which lift the current know-how and demands for technological solutions step-by-step to a new innovative level. The consortium, consisting of three experienced companies covers the capabilities of developing and implementing a complex test bench by their experience in the field of manufacturing and standardisation (TEMES), modelling and engineering of complex plants (Modelon) and development and implementation of complex test benches (Streit).
To guarantee the operational functionality of the test bench, extensive operational tests will be executed by the consortium partners.
With this consortium three strong expert companies will work together on the development of a step-change test environment for future technologies especially the more-electric aircraft. The consortium will be managed by STREIT, which is an experienced engineering and plant constructing company that already participated successfully in two FP projects.
Publications and exhibitions will help to strengthen the competitive advantages of the regional companies and to inform the public about the technological state of test environments for future technologies.