Meanwhile Airbus,which has been conducting aerodynamic modeling of the EcoPulse, will begin wind tunnel testing of the electric motor, propeller and nacelle before April next year. The electric engine, supplied by Safran, will be tested as well.
The results of these tests will enable the identification of the propeller’s performance characteristics when associated with an electric engine, and validate the engine cooling process.
In addition to the wind tunnel tests, Airbus is planning to simulate the nacelle’s aerodynamic behavior.
Jean-Brice Dumont, executive vice president of engineering at Airbus said, “The EcoPulse demonstrator program, initiated by CORAC with the support of the French DGAC civil aviation agency, is an important step in our ambition to decarbonize the aeronautical industry. It will allow us to study how distributed hybrid propulsion could be integrated into the aircraft of tomorrow and significantly reduce their environmental impact.