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Multidisciplinary design of a more electric regional aircraft including certification constraints

Fioriti, M.; Cabaleiro, C.; Lefebvre, T.; Della Vecchia, P.; Mandorino, M.; Liscouët-Hanke, S.; Jeyaraj, A.; Donelli, G.; Jungo, A.

The use of electrified on-board systems is increasingly more required to reduce aircraft complexity, polluting emissions, and its life cycle cost. However, the more and all-electric aircraft configurations are still uncommon in the civil aviation context and their certifiability has yet to be proven in some aircraft segments. The aim of the present paper is to define a multidisciplinary design problem which includes some disciplines pertaining to the certification domain. In particular, the study is focused on the preliminary design of a 19 passengers small regional turboprop aircraft. Different on-board systems architectures with increasing electrification levels are considered. These architectures imply the use of bleedless technologies including electrified ice protection and environmental control systems. The use of electric actuators for secondary surfaces and landing gear are also considered. The aircraft design, which includes aerodynamic, structural, systems and propulsion domains, is then assessed by some certification disciplines. In particular, minimum performance, external noise and safety assessments are included in the workflow giving some insights on the aircraft certifiability. The results show a reduction of 3% of MTOM and 3% of fuel mass depending on the systems architecture selected. From the certification side, the design has proven to be certifiable and the margins with the certification constraint can be controlled to improve the overall design.

 

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