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Electrifying the aerospace industry

01 July 2019

The electrification of transport industries is not a new development. In fact, automotive manufacturers have spent the last decade investing in the development of electric powertrains. Aerospace companies, however, have not been so quick to follow suit. Here, Graham Mackrell, Managing Director of Harmonic Drive UK, explains the design challenges for electrifying aviation.

Electrification has gripped the imagination of companies looking to make a fundamental change in the way we power the world around us. Revolutionising the design of everything from motor ways to transportation, electrification offers a more sustainable means of powering a system.

It’s been over 130 years since the first electrically propelled aircraft was prototyped by French chemist and aviator, Gaston Tissandier. Today, many aerospace companies are struggling to envision how they can electrify their modern and complex systems.

Read the full article in the July issue of DPA


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