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Power Electronics Technologies for Aerospace Applications

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "F3: Power Electronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 12 July 2025 | Viewed by 1538

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Algoritmi Research Centre, Department of Industrial Electronics, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: power electronics converters; electric mobility; renewable energy sources; digital control techniques; smart grids
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Department of Industrial Electronics, School of Engineering, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes, Portugal
Interests: power electronics; power quality; active power filters; renewable energy; energy efficiency; electric vehicles; energy storage systems; battery charging systems; smart grids; smart cities; smart homes; technologies for innovative railway systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, humanity faces some pertinent opportunities and challenges concerning the relevance of aerospace applications. Over the last few decades, aerospace applications have experienced great growth, which requires an equal measure in terms of the development of power electronics technologies. However, as is well-known, the development of power electronics solutions for aerospace applications is quite different than for other applications. In fact, aerospace applications can be recognized as a new boundary for the research and development of power electronics technologies. Considering aviation and space applications, among others, power electronics technologies are fundamental for promoting more electric aircrafts and for lunar and deep space missions, always ensuring high power density, high efficiency, and high reliability under conditions of space radiation, extreme temperatures, and high altitude. This Special Issue aims to introduce a guideline of Power Electronics Technologies for Aerospace Applications, involving innovative contributions from academics, scientists, and researchers. The topics of interest are related, but not limited to:  

  • Light-weight and high-efficiency power converters;
  • Power converters to deal with high dv/dt and di/dt operation;
  • Digital and analogue control platforms for power converters.
  • Monitoring, control, and protection of power converters;
  • High-performance materials for coupling filters, cables, connectors, and cooling units of power converters;
  • Power electronics for interfacing power generation systems and for power management;
  • Innovative motor drivers for electric propulsion systems;
  • Solid-state systems, circuits, and protections (to replace conventional electromechanical devices);
  • Silicon carbide (SiC), gallium nitride (GaN), and high-electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) devices for aerospace applications;
  • Space effects on wide-bandgap (WBG) power devices;
  • Power Electronics systems for flight control;
  • Energy storage technologies for aerospace applications (e.g., solid-state batteries);
  • Power electronics for high reliability communication technologies.

Dr. Vítor Monteiro
Dr. Joao L. Afonso
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  • power electronics
  • power converters
  • control
  • monitoring
  • power management
  • wide-bandgap (WBG) devices
  • energy storage technologies

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Fast Arc Detection Technology Based on Fractal Dimension for SADA Slip Ring in Satellite Power System
by Yanchen Meng, Enchao Zhang, Donglai Zhang, Xueli Zhu, Hongyu Zhu and Anshou Li
Energies 2024, 17(5), 1093; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17051093 - 25 Feb 2024
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The solar array drive assembly (SADA) slip ring is a critical link that provides electrical power and electric signal transmission between solar arrays and satellite power systems, which is prone to arc faults in the space environment. If these arc faults cannot be [...] Read more.
The solar array drive assembly (SADA) slip ring is a critical link that provides electrical power and electric signal transmission between solar arrays and satellite power systems, which is prone to arc faults in the space environment. If these arc faults cannot be detected and eliminated quickly enough, they will seriously threaten the safety of the satellite power system and the satellite. In this paper, a fast arc detection method based on fractal dimension is proposed that adapts to different operating modes of power systems. The detection method collects the current differential signal data flowing through the SADA slip ring, and, according to the trend of the fractal dimension change in this signal, the fault identification algorithm is designed for different operating modes of the power system to achieve real-time and rapid identification of arc faults. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated using test data under several different fault conditions. Full article
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