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Phil Mellor

Professor Phil Mellor

Research Fellow


University of Bristol

Research summary

Fixed wing aircraft are increasingly using electricity to power flight control actuators and provide cabin pressure and air conditioning. This move to more electric aircraft provides significant benefit in terms of reduced fuel burn and improved reliability. This Industry Research Fellowship is investigating the adoption of such more electric technologies in helicopters. The feasibility of incorporating a greater degree of electrical powered systems on a helicopter, such as an electrically driven tail rotor is being investigated and improved actuation technologies for rotor blades are being researched.

Grants awarded

Investigation into the adoption of more electric systems in future helicopters

Scheme: Industry Fellowship

Dates: Aug 2009 - Jul 2012

Value: £126,235