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Efficient and Light Electrical Compressor for Tilt-Rotor Aircraft


Efficient and Light Electrical Compressor for Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

Call for proposal: 
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The main objectives of the proposed ELECTRA project are:

  1. The development of an optimal architecture for a bleedless cabin pressurization system (CPS)
  2. The development, manufacturing, test and qualification of CPS hardware suitable for flight testing on the next-generation tiltrotor technology demonstrator

To achieve the objectives, ELECTRA will:

  1. Set up a simulation platform
  2. Perform system-level and equipment-level trade-off analyses
  3. Develop equipment hardware: cabin pressure management system, electrical compressor, electronic control unit and its firmware, outflow valve and several other system components
  4. Develop a test rig for hardware testing, emulating the cabin pressurization system, and test the developed hardware
  5. Develop a prototype qualification unit and perform environmental qualification tests
  6. Develop a prototype flight unit, cleared for flight on the next-generation tiltrotor technology demonstrator

ELECTRA contributes to task 1.6.3 of the Joint Technology Programme, “Pressurization and Environmental Control System Components Design, Manufacturing and Testing”, by contributing to these JTP objectives:

  • Reduction of carbon emissions through improved energy efficiency
  • Reduced cost of ownership
  • European industrial leadership on ‘Smart, Green and Integrated Transport’
  • Improving mobility through new mobility concepts (more flexible, resilient, effective and affordable)
  • Spin-off from research innovation activities to other aircraft
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
JTI-CS2-2018-CfP08-FRC-01-24 High efficiency full electrical low pressure Compartment Pressure Control System for tilt-rotor applications
Lead Organisation: 

Stichting Centrum Voor De Ontwikkeling Van Transport En Logistiek In Europa

Van Nelleweg 1
3044 BC Rotterdam
EU Contribution: 
Partner Organisations: 

Aeronamic Bv

EU Contribution: 
Development phase: