Electric Aviation - NASA interview on Maxwell X57 - Part 3: Battery and Component Cooling Design

 

Electric Aviation - NASA interview on Maxwell X57 - Part 3: Battery and Component Cooling Design

For more information, visit https://www.airshaper.com or email info@airshaper.com ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In this third part of our video interview series with NASA on the X-57 Maxwell Electric Aircraft, we dive into the details of cooling. The X-57 requires around 90-100 kW in cruise versus 250 kW during take-off. This variation in loading strongly determines the sizing, the cells, the layout etc. of the battery. Everything is directly air cooled on the airplane. The battery is passively cooled. The cooling of the inverters and motors poses quite a big challenge. They reach their operating temperature within seconds, so it's important to minimize the amount of rejected heat as well as understanding the cooling requirements across the flight envelope.

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