Integration of innovative electrical systems (GRC3)
The eventual elimination of noxious hydraulic fluids and the reduction of CO2 emission through efficiency and weight optimisation of on-board energy systems constitute the two crucial objectives pursued in this subproject. The emerging high performance electrical systems and equipements enable a range of new solutions but need to be adapted to the specific helicopter constraints.
The benefits in terms of weight and energy savings can be evaluated only at whole vehicle and mission levels. They can be estimated only after a first round of complete simulations that will be performed by the TE with conceptual helicopter models. The electrical system performance data gathered from individual equipment and subsystem tests will be used to refine models. The final integration and demonstration tests performed on the common EDS Electrical Iron Bird, combining many prototype subsystems, are essential to establish reliable system level performance data.