Astronics AES unveils Regulated Power Conversion Unit

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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems (AES) has added a Regulated Power Conversion Unit (RPCU) to its CorePower range. The company says the use of solid-state technology improves performance and efficiency compared with traditional transformer rectifier units.

“Industry trends, like the More Electric Aircraft initiative, are driving the need for additional, cleaner power that provides configuration flexibility for various platform types – ranging from fixed wing and VVIP aircraft to unmanned vehicles,” said Kellsey Justus, vice president of airborne power and control at Astronics AES.

“The RPCU serves these emerging needs while also providing the cost and weight reductions that are fundamental requirements across the aerospace industry.”

The RPCU converts power from AC to DC. Astronics claims it improves the efficiency of the electrical system from a typical 85% to 94%, to deliver more power at the same rating. The RPCU will initially come in two variants, a 250A and a 150A unit.

The 150A version eliminates the need for an internal fan to provide greater installation flexibility, such as in locations near a mission system operator or in a VVIP cabin. The RPCU operates through variable frequency and voltage inputs while tightly controlling the output voltage.

May 2, 2018

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