in Aerospace / Features

International partners produce all-electric tilt rotor demonstrator

Posted 22 March 2013 · 1 Comment

Officially unveiled earlier this month, just prior to the Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, USA, the revolutionary AgustaWestland 'Project Zero' all-electric tiltrotor technology demonstrator is the result of close collaborations with Finmeccanica companies - Selex ES, Ansaldo Breda and Ansaldo Energia - and partner companies from the UK, Italy, USA and Japan.

Dr. James Wang, vice president of Research and Technology at AgustaWestland, said: “Project Zero was a fast-paced, complex project involving partners and suppliers across different time zones. Our partners worked with great enthusiasm under the leadership of AgustaWestland R&T Advanced Concepts Group to bring this revolutionary concept to life. This is the first time multiple subsidiaries in the Finmeccanica Group collaborated with so many innovative companies, outside of traditional aerospace industry, in one advanced demonstrator programme."



Stile Bertone of Italy worked closely with AgustaWestland in developing the aesthetically pleasing styling and aerodynamically unique tiltrotor configuration. To maximize strength and minimise weight, the entire aircraft exterior surface is carbon graphite and it was produced by Lola Composite in the UK.

Sistemi Dinamici is a high tech engineering company jointly owned by AgustaWestland and IDS of Pisa, Italy.  Sistemi Dinamici was instrumental to 'Project Zero' by working closely with the AgustaWestland Advanced Concept Group on Flight Control System and Rotor design. The technologies developed by each partner are being fed into their various industrial sectors to bring value to each company.

Selex ES contributed with the High-Integrity Flight Control Computer and Actuator Control Unit using software provided by Wind River. Ansaldo Breda drew on their vast expertise in designing and building high-speed electric trains to custom produce the electric motor inverter and motor control algorithm.  Ansaldo Energia specialises in manufacturing megawatts power generators has provided valuable expertise on the alternative hybrid electric-diesel solution.

Other partners and suppliers around the world that have contributed to 'Project Zero' include Lucchi R. Elettromeccanica, a Rimini-based motor company, custom designed and built the axial flux permanent magnet electric motors. The aerodynamic properties of the rotor blades were designed by AgustaWestland and Rotor Systems Research LLC of USA.  The composite structure for the blades, shrouds and spokes were designed by the Advanced Concepts Group and AgustaWestland Japan Asia Technology Center, then manufactured by UCHIDA in Japan. The high bandwidth electromechanical actuators (EMA) for the innovative swashplateless individual blade control system were specifically developed by Microtecnica for 'Project Zero'.
 


The entire aircraft uses no hydraulics; the retractable landing gear, nacelle tilting mechanism, and elevons are controlled by EMA. ORAL Engineering developed an efficient diesel engine for the alternative electric-hybrid propulsion solution and provided rapid CNC machining for the rotor and drive system.  MB Motorsport, Aerosviluppi and Marc’Ingegno customized the special motor cooling system, wiring harness and retractable landing gears, respectively. The "Project Zero" technology demonstrator was designed, built and tested in twelve months.
 

1 Comment for International partners produce all-electric tilt rotor demonstrator

farooq malik

posted 5 years ago

This is the future of aviation

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

AAD2018: Air BP tech services to support African aviation growth

International aviation fuel products and services supplier, Air BP, returns to Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD2018) at Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria, South Africa, this week, using the event to share how its technical

Qatari Typhoon and Hawk export deal takes off

Qatarís deal to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment yesterday.

Net successfully snares space debris

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite has successfully used its on-board net technology in orbit, marking the first demonstration in human history of active debris removal (ADR) technology.

Steve Griffiths appointed Stansted Airport COO

Steve Griffiths, most recently Chief Operating Officer for the London Underground at Transport for London and previously Chief Operating Officer for Virgin Atlantic Airways, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of

JFD and US Navy unveil Shadow Nav

JFD has partnered with the United States (US) Navyís Naval Surface Warfare Centre Ė Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) in the development of an advanced combat diver navigation module, Shadow Nav, bringing a hands-free underwater

ICAO calls for applications to YAPP

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is calling for applications to the 2019 Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP).

Getac SK0409041218
See us at
SMI GMSCBT3005081118AdvancedEngin BT1406011118DVD18BT3105200918Aviation Africa 2019SMIFAVSBT151118