Hybrid Electric Aerospace Propulsion
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 5/10/2019

Opportunity Description

Full Project Title: Electric Machines and Electromagnetic Drives for Vertical Lift Propulsion A research opportunity is available with the U.S Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD), located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. VTD is seeking a postdoctoral graduate with a background in Physics, Electrical, Aerospace, Mechanical, Computer, or closely related Engineering discipline. Conventional and emerging helicopter designs rely on a multitude of mechanical interfaces and components, and the incorporation of electric systems has lagged that achieved in commercial fixed wing aircraft. Recent improvements in the specific power of electric motors, along with the advancement of energy storage and power conditioning for transportation, has resulted in a considerable amount of research and development of hybrid and all-electric small aircraft. Conduct fundamental and applied research enabling distribution and transfer of propulsive energy in uninhabited, personal, and crewed vertical takeoff and and landing (VTOL) aircraft in the 100-1000 kW power range. Reduction of mechanical interfaces in power transfer systems will result from increasing reliance on electromagnetic phenomena and devices. A broad range of focused research topics may support this technology area, and multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches are highly encouraged. Advisors: Dykas, Brian; [Click Here To Join] (410) 278-9545 LaBerge, Kelsen; [Click Here To Join] (216) 433-2078 Click here for more information

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