Reaffirming its commitment to low and zero emission commercial aircraft, Airbus is exploring the impact of superconducting materials and liquid hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures on an aircraft’s propulsion system.
The effort is part of the company’s newly launched Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental Powertrain Demonstrator (ASCEND), through which Airbus hopes to lower electric resistance by introducing superconducting materials.
Coupled with liquid hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures, electrical systems can be cooled in order to significantly increase the performance of the overall electric propulsion system, all of which will be explored through the ASCEND platform.
To achieve a solid conclusion, ASCEND will assess electric architectures from several hundred kilowatts to multi-megawatt applications with and without liquid hydrogen on board.
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