AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS)


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Driven by ambitious goals for the future of aviation, electrified aircraft propulsion has emerged as a key enabling technology for concepts ranging from more-electric aircraft to hybrid-electric propulsion systems and all-electric urban air mobility. Recognizing the growing importance of this multi-disciplinary field, AIAA and IEEE have identified the need to bring together electrical, propulsion system, and aerospace engineers as the industry looks to electrified propulsion technologies for future aircraft. The 3rd annual EATS event, held virtually in 2020, featured keynote addresses, panel sessions, and multiple technical presentation sessions over three days. More than 300 people from industry, government and academia attended.

The 4th annual AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium will take place 12-13 August 2021. We are currently anticipating a hybrid symposium format, where authors have the choice to present their work virtually or in person. Abstracts with a minimum length of 1500 words are encouraged, though successful submissions must include sufficient detail to demonstrate the purpose of the paper, the technical foundation for the topics to be discussed, any preliminary results to date, and the expected results of the final paper, including key figures, equations, tables, and references, as appropriate. Authors should submit to the topic, "Electric Aircraft Technology," during Step 2: Submission Details of the abstract submission process.

For 2021, EATS will encompass three days of panel sessions, keynote addresses and technical sessions. Papers for the 2021 event have been solicited in all relevant areas including, but  not  limited to, the following: 

  • Hybrid/Electric Propulsion Systems Architectures
  • Electrical Energy Generation and Storage (including battery, fuel cell, solar, turbo-electric, and others)
  • Electric Power Management and Distribution
  • Failure/Fault Mode  Protection, Diagnostics, and Modeling
  • Electrical Machines and Power Electronics
  • Superconducting and Cryogenic Systems and Components
  • Propulsor-Machine Coupling
  • Thermal Management
  • High  Voltage Considerations
  • New  Material Solutions or Applications
  • System Controls and Modeling
  • Electric Aero-Propulsive Coupling
  • Integrated Vehicle Design (including fixed wing and rotary wing)
  • Mission  Operation (Energy, Cost, Emissions)
  • Verification and Validation
  • Safety, Certification and Standards

Student Design Challenge

The aeronautics industry is in the midst of another revolution since the last century. On one side, ecological awareness is providing a strong push to reduce harmful emissions and the overall environmental footprint of aviation in general.  From the other side, new trends and needs in mobility are rising towards more autonomous vehicles. The reduction of weight, fuel consumption, and noise has been a continuous goal for many years, in order to improve aircraft performance. Linked to these challenges, new concepts have been rising and, in particular, in the “Urban Air Mobility” or UAM sector that will utilize electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The “dream” of an electrically propelled flying car is now starting to become reality, and several demonstrators have been proposed worldwide. However, autonomy and performance are still limited, and one main question is to know how far we can go in performance, taking into account the technology evolution. This is the spirit of the following 


QUESTION = What is the max payload (in kg) that can be achieved for an eVTOL aircraft, with no CO2 emission by the vehicle, according to the specifications below?

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Important Dates 

Abstract Submission Begins: 3 December 2020
Abstract Deadline: 11 February 2021, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA
Online Registration Begins:  July 2021
Author Notifications: 30 April 2021
Manuscript Deadline: 13 July 2021, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA






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