On June 30, the E-Brake project officially ended with the achievement of the main purpose, namely the design, construction, and testing of an innovative electromechanical braking system for small aircraft (SAT – Small Air Transport).
At the state of the art this type of technology is typical of medium-large aircraft, but thanks to the reduction in the size and number of high-precision mechanical components used, this improvement has contributed to an overall reduction of 15% of the weight of the vehicle.
The increase in the efficiency of the system leads not only to a reduction in fuel consumption during the operational life of the SAT, and therefore to a reduction in CO2 emissions. But also, a reduction in operating costs. Furthermore, thanks to the elimination of the consumption of hydraulic oils / fluids deriving from the use of electronic actuators, another great environmental advantage has been obtained.
The most important challenges were designing the space-saving system and providing braking performance and safety requirements comparable to those of already established technologies (i.e. for larger aircraft). At the same time, studies were carried out on the command logic, on the diagnostic and prognostic capabilities for the integration of the new system, which led to equipping the system with an intelligent control software for the management of braking in standard or emergency conditions (intelligent brake management). The integrated antiskid SW (intelligent brake management) is trained via neural networks and represents the first time for this type of application.
The next step will be to integrate the system into test beds for higher level SAT projects under the Clean Aviation program.
Find out more about the project on Result Stories di Clean Aviation.