Electric Propulsion Research Test Stand
Mentor:Timothy Usher, PhD , California State University San Bernardino
Hybrid aircraft are the future of air transportation but their design, characterization, and development require several maturation stages in order to produce a feasible replacement for current fossil fuel based aircraft. The Taurus electro-motor system is a new aircraft propulsion system selected for use at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center for this type of research. The system will need to be integrated and tested to understand its functionality and performance. We address several objectives in this effort which include structural mounting design using Auto-CAD, sensor integration using LabVIEW, and post test analysis using MATLAB. Additional tasks include familiarizing ourselves with the appropriate manuals or software required for operating the motor. After the system integration is completed, true RMS readings will be obtained as baseline data. The measurements will help refine the LabVIEW program that will be used to acquire sensor data such as voltage and current measurements of the Taurus electro-motor. Finally, an analysis of the collected data will be performed using MATLAB in order to characterize the system performance.