A parametric model for thermal management system for more electric and hybrid aircraft

A parametric model for thermal management system for more electric and hybrid aircraft

Sofia Caggese, Marco Fioriti, Flavio Di Fede

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Abstract. In the last decade, the hybrid and electric propulsive systems have been gaining increasing interest to cut down greenhouse gas emissions and thus reduce the environment impact of the aerospace sector. The paper reports the development of a parametric model to design and simulate the Thermal Management System (TMS) of an hybrid electric regional aircraft. Considering the need for a compact design and avoiding the generation of additional drag, a liquid-to-liquid offset strip fin surface heat exchanger is selected. Analysis and modelling of the system are performed for both traditional and innovative coolant, namely, as nanofluids. Five different thermal load conditions are analyzed, which correspond to five different levels of hybridization defined in terms of reduction of CO2 emission. The most demanding one entails a reduction up to 50% of CO2 and a thermal load of 67.2 kW to be dissipated. The paper also aims to investigate the most challenging conditions for TMS design and whether the suitability of nanofluids as superior heat carriers. In fact, using nanofluids it is possible to reduce the size of heat exchanger, thanks to the higher thermal conductivity compared to conventional coolant.

Thermal Management System, Hybrid Aircraft, Liquid-to-Liquid Heat Exchanger, Nanofluid

Published online 11/1/2023, 4 pages
Copyright © 2023 by the author(s)
Published under license by Materials Research Forum LLC., Millersville PA, USA

Citation: Sofia Caggese, Marco Fioriti, Flavio Di Fede, A parametric model for thermal management system for more electric and hybrid aircraft, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 37, pp 76-79, 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21741/9781644902813-17

The article was published as article 17 of the book Aeronautics and Astronautics

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