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Modelon Ab | Date: 2009-01-09

Computer software for technical mathematical calculations for use in the field of mathematics, engineering and science and instructional user guides sold as a unit. Computer-aided engineering services for others.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-FCH | Phase: SP1-JTI-FCH.2010.1.5 | Award Amount: 9.31M | Year: 2011

For truck applications the increasing demand for electrical power when the vehicle stands still has lead to an increasing need for an on-board electric power generator which operates with high efficiency and very low emissions. A fuel cell based auxiliary power unit (APU), with a diesel fuel processor is regarded as one of the most interesting options since it combines high efficiency, low emissions and the use of the same fuel as the main engine. The overall objectives of FCGEN wer to develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept complete fuel cell auxiliary power unit in a real application, onboard a truck. However, the vehicle demonstration objective was changed to laboratory demonstration as the project partner, CRF, who was responsible for the vehicle demonstration work package and providing the demonstration truck has left the project after 24 months and it was not possible for the FCGEN consortium to find a suitable replacement for CRF. The APU system consisting of a low-temperature PEM fuel cell, a diesel fuel processor and necessary balance of plant components will be designed to meet automotive requirements regarding e.g. size, mechanical tolerances, durability etc. High targets are set for energy efficiency and therefore this will significantly lead to emissions reductions and greener transport solutions in line with EU targets. A key point in the project is the development of a fuel processing system that can handle logistic fuels. A fuel processor consisting of autothermal reformer, desulphurization unit, water-gas-shift reactor, reactor for the preferential oxidation of CO, will be developed. The fuel processor will be developed for and tested on standard available low sulphur diesel fuel both for the European and US fuel qualities. Another key point is the development of an efficient and reliable control system for the APU, systems, including both hardware and software modules. In the final demonstration, the fuel cell based APU will be tested in laboratory environment as the first step in a defined plan towards Vehicle demonstration.

« Ricardo Software to partner with Modelon to expand IGNITE simulation package capabilities | Main | Ford introduces new 2.0L EcoBlue diesel; fuel consumption cut by up to 13% » Ballard Power Systems subsidiary, Protonex, has delivered prototype PEM (proton exchange membrane) fuel cell propulsion modules to Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, for use in its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The ScanEagle platform has logged more than 800,000 flight hours in military and civilian applications, making it one of the most successful UAV platforms to date. In addition to propulsion power, ScanEagle requires 60W of onboard power for its payload Fuel cell-powered systems offer compelling value for unmanned aerial vehicles due to improved reliability over small internal combustion engines, as well as very low heat and noise signatures. We believe that fuel cell systems have an extraordinary opportunity to play a key role in the propulsion of many unmanned systems. Our work with Insitu on the ScanEagle is an excellent example of the potential for fuel cells. Insitu’s ScanEagle is a versatile platform with multiple payload capabilities, including providing high-definition imaging at a fraction of the cost of larger UAV systems. The ScanEagle is operated in conjunction with Insitu’s Mark4 Launcher—a low-maintenance, runway-independent platform—along with its SkyHook recovery system. In May 2015, Insitu selected Orbital Corporation as their preferred engine supplier for the ScanEagle UAV. Orbital’s new UAV engine and propulsion system includes an advanced Orbital fuel and oil supply module. The module allows all engine-related systems, including the fuel and oil supply systems, to be shipped from Orbital to Insitu in one assembled unit. In August 2015, Insitu issued an initial batch order contract to Orbital valued at US$9.7 million for UAV engines. ScanEagle is 1.55 meters (5.1 feet) in length, has a wingspan of 3.11 meters (10.2 feet) and maximum takeoff weight of 22 kilograms (48.5 lbs). The ScanEagle can fly at a maximum speed of 41.2 meters per second (80 knots), reach a ceiling of 5,944 meters (19,500 feet) and has an endurance capability of more than 24-hours. Use of the Protonex fuel cell propulsion modules are expected to provide a number of advantages over traditional internal combustion engine propulsion systems, including: significant improvement in the expected MTBF (mean time between failures) of up to 5x; silent operation; 100% throttle flexibility, including mid-air start-stop capability; and use of existing JP8 fuel in ground refueling systems. Work related to the integration of the Protonex fuel cell propulsion module into the ScanEagle system is ongoing, with flight demonstrations planned for the second half of 2016.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CS | Phase: JTI-CS-2009-2-ECO-02-002 | Award Amount: 80.00K | Year: 2010

With this proposal, a Modelica library for thermodynamic properties of gases and liquids that are used as working media in aircraft, and an Excel interface to the same functions with plotting capabilities for typical thermodynamic design diagrams (Temperature-Entropy and Enthalpy-Entropy) shall be developed. It is important that the complete temperature and pressure range experienced by aircraft is covered, from -60 deg Celsius to 200 deg Celsius, depending on the fluid. The pressure range depends on the fluid, as an example a range from 150 to 1100 hPa is necessary for air. Currently available model libraries dont cover the complete range. A fixed starting date of August 1st was chosen to align the project with the original planning of the ITD activities.

Modelon Ab | Date: 2012-05-16

Computer software for optimization of technical systems and technical mathematical calculations for use in the field of mathematics, engineering and science and instructional user guides sold as a unit. Computer-aided engineering services for others.

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