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Safe Operation of Electric Aircraft in the Presence of Motor Failures

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Safe Operation of Electric Aircraft in the Presence of Motor Failures
The approach includes building a demonstration system consisting of an intelligent thrust management system that controls five small AC motors mechanically coupled to a single output shaft. The mechanical system connecting the motors and shaft will automatically disengage a failed motor from the propulsor shaft. An intelligent thrust management system will detect motor failures and compensate for the resulting power loss to maintain constant thrust (when the other motors have sufficient power). More »

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