Research & Development
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Research &Development

AES has research and development connections with several universities and research institutions. These projects include aviation as well as space studies.

We are working on a space research project titled “Aluminium Harnesses for Satellites” (AlSa). This research project aims to utilize aluminium cables as, power supply lines, in satellites. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi). Aluminium cables have a major advantage over conventional copper conductors because of their lightweight. AES is using its long-term experience in the aviation industry and applyng it to the demands of the satellite field. Exploring durable components and the use of aluminium harnesses and connection technologies for space applications.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) also provides developmental support and conducting studies about suitable materials and surface conditions. Satellite technology is key to global communication, and the implementation of this developmental work will represent a major milestone in this field.

A further project involves a frequency converter and universally applicable single-phase voltage converter, based on the Bridgeless Power Factor Correction (BPFC). The goal of this project is to develop a highly mature, seat power supply unit (ISPS), with the single-phase output voltage of 115V AC, or 230V AC for the aviation industry. Major challenges are involved in this work, as the ISPS must be: efficient, lightweight, and compact for a limited installation space. The new generation of ISPS will be able to meet a wide range of customer requirements, owing to the fully digital control loop and resulting choice of parameterization.

The” Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft” recently awarded AES the label of approval with “Innovative Through Research” for its impressive R&D work.

R&D Projects

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy (BMWi), this research project aims to use aluminium cables as power supply lines in satellites. Aluminium cables have a major advantage over conventional copper conductorsdue to a lighter weight, potentially reducing it by over 50%. Aluminium also has a higher electrical conductivity to density ratio than copper. The central theme of this project is to apply this key advantage to satellite technology, where copper is commonly used for power and signal lines. The challenge now, is to face and solve problems such as fragility resulting from mechanical load, and maintaining durability in the case of exposure to corrosion between production and launch.
AES is devoting its long-term aviation experience and knowledge to these demanding conditions: and the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) is providing developmental support and conducting studies on the most suitable materials and surface conditions.
Satellite technology is key to global communication, and implementing the results of this developmental work will represent a major milestone in this field.

                       
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This project involves a frequency converter and universally applicable single-phase voltage converter, based on the Bridgeless Power Factor Correction (BPFC). The goal of this project is to develop a highly mature, seat power supply unit (ISPS), with the single-phase output voltage of 115V AC, or 230V AC for the aviation industry. Major challenges are involved in this work, as the ISPS must be: efficient, lightweight, and compact for a limited installation space. The new generation of ISPS will be able to meet a wide range of customer requirements, owing to the fully digital control loop and resulting choice of parameterization.