Progress in Redundant Electromechanical Actuators for Aerospace Applications

Fawaz Yahya Annaz*, Malaka Miyuranga Kaluarachchi

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    The power to move aircraft control surfaces has advanced from being manually generated (by the pilot and transmitted via rods and links) to electrically transmitted (via wires) to operate control surface actuators. Various hydraulic, electromagnetic, and electromechanical architectures have been developed to provide the necessary power and to maintain the expected redundancy. Numerous aircraft actuator system designs have been proposed in the past decades, but a comprehensive review has yet to be undertaken. This review paper aims to fill this gap by providing a critical review of the actuation system designs developed for a variety of aircraft. The review focuses on aircraft actuator system designs, namely: electrohydraulic actuator systems, electromechanical actuator systems, and the force-fighting effect in redundant actuation systems. The significance and operational principle of each actuator system are critically analysed and discussed in the review. The paper also evaluates the solution proposed to address force-fight equalization (or force-fight cancelation) in force or torqued-summed architectures. Future trends in redundant actuation system development with reduced force-fighting effect in aircraft actuator systems are also addressed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number787
    Pages (from-to)1-22
    Number of pages22
    JournalAerospace
    Volume10
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 7 Sept 2023

    Keywords

    • electromechanical actuators
    • force equalization
    • force fight
    • torque disparities

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