Skylife Engineering aims to develop the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) of the actuators once the EMA (Electro-Mechanical Actuator) has been selected within the commercial components available in the market.
In a global context, the main objective pursued by EMA4FLIGHT is the design, development, production and validation of EMAs and their associated ECUs that allow a reliable and optimized control of the surfaces of the winglets and the flap-taps.
Within the objectives of EMA4FLIGHT, the design of fully electric systems is established, which will allow the improvement of the aircraft efficiency, the costs, weights and maintenance reduction and the increase of safety in terms of air navigation.
Innovation of the project
EMA4FLIGHT brings advances to the state of the current systems designed to control the actuators of the winglets and flap-tabs. This contribution is:
- The ECU has been designed using COTS + electronic components and following the Hardware DO-254 standard and the DO-178 Software standards.
- The ECU is composed of two different parts with different hardware. One part dedicated to execute the control command and the other part dedicated to the supervision and evaluation of the correct performance.
- The complete subsystem will be certified. This certification will meet reliability and safety objectives so as not to degrade the maneuvers of the aircraft at any time.
Design, Qualification and Manufacturing of the ECU
Qualification of the ECU + EMA set
Function: Control the extension and retraction of Flap-tab and Winglet surfaces
Control of brushless motors for secondary flight surfaces
Program: C-295 – FTB2
Meets the following standards:
DO-160 & MIL-STD-461
DO-254 – DAL B
This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 755615.