Plenary Speakers

This theme of this year’s plenary session is the more electric aircraft, featuring distinguished speakers from the aerospace industry :

  • Dr. Hao Huang, Technology Chief of GE Aviation – Electrical Power
    Future Electrification Beyond More Electric Aircraft

  • Robert Bayles, Senior Fellow – Electric, Environmental & Engine Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems
    Integration of More Electric Airplanes

  • Dr. Nateri K. Madavan, Associate Manager, Advanced Air Transport Technology Project, NASA
    The Electrifying Future of Air Transportation

 

Dr. Hao Huang
Technology Chief of GE Aviation – Electrical Power

Future Electrification Beyond More Electric Aircraft

Abstract: Aerospace is experiencing its third major technological advancement. The biggest milestone of the first major advancement was the human historic first flight by Wright Brothers in 1903, and the biggest milestone of the second was the introduction of the turbojet in 1939. The third major advancement involves the electrification of aircraft including more electric aircraft (MEA), hybrid electrical propulsion (HEP), etc. Energy conversion plays an important role in this major advancement. With this big wave of change on going, the speaker will first introduce the status, trend, advantages, and limitations of more electric aircraft (MEA), followed by a talk about the status, trend, progress, and limitations of turbo engine based aircraft propulsion. From there, he will lead a discussion on the necessity and benefits of the electrification beyond the MEA including hybrid electric propulsion, the new opportunities associated with, and the technology bricks needed to further this advancement. Finally, the challenges of the electrification beyond MEA and the relationship between HEP and MEA will be explored.

Biography: Dr. Hao Huang is the Technology Chief of GE Aviation—Electrical Power. He is responsible for generating the technical directions, innovation strategies, and multi-generation product roadmaps for the GE aircraft electrical power division. He has been constantly leading and involving innovations and inventions of aircraft electrical power technologies.

Dr. Huang is an IEEE fellow and a SAE fellow. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA in 1987. He has 30 years of experience in aircraft electrical power systems, power generation, engine starting, power electronics and controls, and electric vehicle drives. Dr. Huang has had US 50 patents including pending, and he has multiple technical publications in the above-mentioned areas.

 

Robert Bayles
Senior Fellow – Electric, Environmental & Engine Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems

Integration of More Electric Airplanes

Abstract: UTC Aerospace Systems provides a wide variety of subsystems across most commercial and military airplanes. Many of these systems have experienced a growth in the use of electrical power and electrical power conversion in place of traditional hydraulic or pneumatic powered systems. This has led to power rating growth and increased criticality of the electrical power generation and distribution system. It has also generated challenges to manage the size, weight and cooling demands associated with the required power electronics. As we look forward we see the trend of a more electric airplane continuing. Bob will share some experiences and approaches based on the growing need for more electric airplane systems and also discuss the future needs UTAS foresees including systems integration.

Biography: Bob is a Senior Fellow engineer at UTC Aerospace Systems in Rockford, IL. Bob is currently involved in the exploration of more electric systems on airplanes including the opportunities to integrate and optimize various airplane subsystems. Bob holds a bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering and a masters degree in business administration.

 

Dr. Nateri K. Madavan
Associate Manager, Advanced Air Transport Technology Project, NASA

The Electrifying Future of Air Transportation

Abstract: This presentation discusses the NASA Aeronautics Advanced Air Transport Technology Project’s perspective on electric, hybrid-electric, and related distributed propulsion technologies for future generations of large transport aircraft. Recent system studies commissioned by NASA and other organizations have identified these technologies as promising approaches to dramatically reduce aircraft fuel consumption, noise, and emissions. These technologies are part of the Project’s overall research portfolio aimed toward developing ultra-efficient commercial aircraft in conjunction with alternative low-carbon propulsion and energy systems to enable safe and sustainable future growth in global aviation. It is anticipated that both room temperature and cryogenic electrical technologies will be needed in the future. Room temperature electrical systems are likely to impact aviation in the near term by making their way onto smaller aircraft and by augmenting traditional propulsion systems on larger aircraft, while cryogenic technologies will likely be needed in the far term to deliver the several tens of megawatts of propulsive power needed for large transport aircraft. The presentation outlines the opportunities and challenges for electric propulsion technologies for commercial aviation, and describes some of the related concepts and enabling technologies that are currently being developed.

Biography: Nateri Madavan is the Associate Project Manager for Technology for the Advanced Air Transport Technology Project in NASA’s Advanced Air Vehicles Program and helps manage the Project’s research portfolio to enable revolutionary improvements in the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of future generations of aircraft. He is based at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, where he is a member of the Computational Aerosciences Branch in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division. He obtained his BS degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, MS from Iowa State, and PhD from Penn State, all in Mechanical Engineering, and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.