About the project
Energy performance, safety and limited emissions are a priority for aircraft manufacturers and their supply chains. Composite lightweight materials, electrification of functions onboard aircraft and operations at higher altitude/latitude are parts of the fundamental levers for optimising the performance of existing and future generations of aircraft.
However, this results in the exacerbation of Electromagnetic (EM) hazards and exposure to Cosmic Radiations (CR) risks. Specific protection measures are therefore required to guarantee safe electrical systems, leading to weight penalty and jeopardising the emergence of energy-efficient Composite Electric Aircraft (CEA). Hence, the development and optimisation of electrical systems integration is crucial for CEA.
EPICEA (Electromagnetic Platform for lightweight Integration/Installation of electrical systems in Composite Electrical Aircraft) is a H2020 project co-funded by Europe and Canada which started in February 2016 and will run for 36 months. It has a budget of 3.4M€ and a consortium of 9 partners led by ONERA for Europe and Polytechnique Montreal for Canada. The project intends to release, validate and verify a single computer environment (i.e. the EPICEA platform) helping to understand EM issues on CEA.
Research and technical activity in EPICEA is organised in 5 technical Work Packages (WP) framed by a WP for dissemination and exploitation and a WP for the management of the project and the coordination of the Research, Innovation and Action (RIA). All through the project, Technology Maturity Assessment will effectively manage innovation, with the contribution of international experts (Advisory Board). Main results and innovation will be disseminated through 2 public workshops (one in the 1st quarter of 2018 in Canada and one in the 1st quarter of 2019 in Europe).
EPICEA’s overall ambition is to:
- Create appropriate EM protection for electrical systems (i.e. more robust, lightweight, cost effective, safety compliant and easy to maintain systems).
- Limit the recourse to over conservative protection measures based on experience and similarity.
- Support all the actors (airframers, system/equipment providers and airlines) from the early design phase of electrical systems up to the architecture definition for installation and integration of electrical systems into CEA.
- Making possible the development and the delivery of the CEA of the future (i.e. safe, energy-efficient and able to fly at higher altitude).
- Control the physics of interactions between EM mechanisms and cosmic radiations and CEA.
- Control drag of new antennas at low level while maintaining EM performance.
The EPICEA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689007.