Transient Turbine Engine Modeling and Real-Time System Integration Prototyping

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Michael Corbett, Jessica Williams, Mitch Wolff, E. A. Walters, J. R. Wells, PC Krause and Associates, Inc; Peter Lamm, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Aircraft power demands continue to increase with the increase in electrical subsystems. These subsystems directly affect the behavior of the power and propulsion systems and can no longer be neglected or assumed linear in system analyses. The complex models designed to integrate new capabilities have a high computational cost. This paper investigates the possibility of using a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) analysis with real time integration. A representative electrical power system is removed from a turbine engine model simulation and replaced with the appropriate hardware attached to a 350 horsepower drive stand. In order to update the model to proper operating conditions, variables are passed between the hardware and the computer model. Using this method, a significant reduction in runtime is seen, and the turbine engine model is usable in a real time environment. Scaling is also investigated for simulations to be performed that exceed the operating parameters of the drive stand. Similar results are generated with and without the scale factor implemented. Excellent agreement is shown between the HIL and stand alone model results. These results validate the capability of HIL experimentation and provide the opportunity for significant future propulsion configuration studies with minimal cost.

2006 SAE Power Systems Conference, November 7–9, 2006, New Orleans, LA. Paper #2006-01-3040