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