The newest 500-kilowatt electric motor was tested in Russia


Demonstration tests of a promising electric motor on high-temperature superconductors were carried out as part of the acceptance of the results of the second stage of the joint project of the FPI and ZAO Superoks. Tests were conducted on a 500 kW unit. In the future, such power plants can be used for vertical taxi with take-off and landing, as well as all-electric ships.


Work on the creation of the latest electric motor started in 2016. As part of the current tests, the main modes of operation of the unit were demonstrated.

According to representatives of the Advanced Research Foundation, the use of superconducting materials in the future will allow the creation of hybrid and fully electric engines for the latest short- and medium-haul aircraft. Such aircraft will fully meet the advanced requirements of transport efficiency, reliability and fuel economy.

At the moment, to demonstrate the potential of a promising Technology 50 and 500 kW power plants have been developed. At the same time, earlier in the FPI they stated that in 2020 the flight of the first flying laboratory equipped with a high-temperature electric motor based on superconductors could take place.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 20 December 2019 15: 49
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    A video is possible, where does it spin at least?
  2. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 20 December 2019 18: 54
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    Currently, the most powerful three-phase electric motor is up to 315 kW. The largest electric motors weigh more than 1,5 tons and a length of more than 1,5 meters. The best electric motor for SIEMENS aircraft weighs over 50 kg. And its power is 260 kW. The motor is capable of providing takeoff of an aircraft weighing up to 2 tons. That's the way to work! Do not try to catch up with someone, you need to create your own and let us catch up with us !!!
  3. candidate Offline
    candidate (candidate) 22 December 2019 07: 11
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    The transition to electric movement leads to a problem in the form of electric motor operation on a screw. For an electric motor, this is a fan load at which the required power has a cubic dependence on the rotational speed. Pumping power through the engine is associated with losses, including losses in copper, i.e. heat losses also increase in the same way. There is a problem with heat dissipation, the dimensions grow, the magnetic properties of the magnets fall, if they are on the rotor. The use of superconductivity will reduce losses in copper, which should affect the reduction in size. But the requirement to provide the necessary torque on the shaft (quadratic dependence on the rotational speed) will not be removed, so that energy consumption will still remain high. In general, the use of superconductors is not enough to drastically increase energy efficiency. A qualitative increase along with compactness can be achieved by abandoning the traditional approach to constructing an electric motor-screw system, but this is a different technological level, a new generation of electric motors. To confirm or refute this, experimental research is needed, as they say, the devil in detail. So the thing is small - start ...