Researchers from the University of Illinois created a flight-performance simulator in order to model potential fuel savings for two hybrid systems for airplanes. The simulations include take off, climb, cruise, descent, and landing.
After first configuring the simulator to collect baseline performance data using the Texnam P2006T, they simulated two different hybrid systems (parallel and serial), and varied their calculations in terms of electrification, battery energy density and motor performance capacity.
The result was that the parallel hybrid system could reach a maximum of 175 nautical miles (about 325 km) with the current state of technology. The parallel system beat the serial system in a number in most conditions, although the latter could catch up with the expected technological improvements in the near future.
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