#3: eVTOL Power Density and Thermal Management
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Welcome to Talking Aerospace Today – a podcast for the Aerospace & Defense industry. A place that brings the promise of tomorrow’s technology to the ears of our listeners today.

When you think about the first airplanes… they were propeller-driven. Then, the jet engine came along and transformed the nature of aviation for good.

Today, we’re ready to embark on the next frontier – electric propulsion. Electric propulsion is a great response to the need for green energy alternatives and battling climate collapse. Electric propulsion is being built into short-haul aircraft, urban air mobility vehicles and even into supersonic air travel. 

In our last episode, we had a great conversation on aerodynamic design and the associated elements that impact performance and efficiency. Today, we’ll address power density and thermal management of an eVTOL aircraft. You’ll learn the benefits and challenges of using electrical systems, how companies go about solving those challenges and how Siemens is contributing to the digitalization of this space through the Xcelerator portfolio.

I am your host, Scott Salzwedel, and in this episode, I am joined by two industry leaders. Dale Tutt, Vice President of Aerospace & Defense at Siemens Digital Industries Software, and Thierry Olbrechts, the Director of Simcenter Aerospace Solutions at Siemens Digital Industries Software. 

Please join me for this one-of-kind discussion. Where else are you going to hear about mastering the physics of high-power density electric motors?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The innovations happening in electric propulsion. (02:54)
  • The advantages and challenges of electrical systems. (04:03)
  • The challenges of electrical propulsion relating to eVTOL design. (05:43)
  • What needs to be considered when making electrical propulsion units viable for aviation? (10:03)
  • How companies manage the heat produced by the electrical propulsion units. (12:28)
  • How Siemens Xcelerator helps customers come up with good solutions. (15:50)

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