The Intelligent Electrical Power Networks Evaluation Facility (IEPNEF)

IEPNEF provides a unique capability to examine more-electric aircraft power systems.

 

The IEPNEF is a state-of-the art, 100 kW facility, which has been installed at Manchester as part of a national project to devise and develop more-electric technologies for future aircraft and land-based vehicles and examine system interactions. IEPNEF is a key component of the Rolls-Royce UTC and also forms part of the University's Aerospace Research Institute and Energy@Manchester.

The IEPNEF was established at Manchester by a £1m investment from Rolls-Royce and the MoD under the Systems Engineering for Autonomous Systems Defence Technology Centre. IEPNEF provides a unique capability to examine more-electric aircraft power systems. In the 100 kW facility, hardware-in-the-loop techniques are used to provide an aero-engine emulator that drives real generator hardware supplying a four-bus reconfigurable network.

Active work packages in the Rolls-Royce-sponsored IEPNEF include:

  • Platform level power management
  • Advanced generator control schemes
  • Emulation of mechanical prime mover
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