Power conversion is a uniquely challenging feat when designing converters for critical applications such as engine or flight control systems. Since manufacturers don’t routinely redesign these complex systems, most of today’s commercial aircraft will have a power supply within the engine control system that was designed 25 years ago – proven and performing like clockwork.
But the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it line of thinking is poised to change if aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) plan to capitalize on newer technology to drive higher efficiency. Where an old converter design might be 70%-to-75% efficient, a newly engineered version should deliver more than 90% performance efficiency while ensuring safety compliance. To develop smarter technologies for today, as well as breakthroughs on electrified aircraft of tomorrow, progress and performance must break free of resistance to change.
TT Electronics plc (LON:TTG) is a provider of engineered electronics applications for performance-critical applications. The Company works with customers in the industrial, medical, aerospace and defence, and transportation sectors.