Magnomatics’ role in planes of future

Chris Kirby.
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Sheffield company Magnomatics has revealed its role in a £30m aerospace research project.

The firm, a Univeristy of Sheffield spin-out, is part of a consortium developing new actuators - a type of motor - for aircraft control systems based on its Pseudo Direct Drive machine.

Chris Kirby, CEO of Magnomatics, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding which will enable us to further develop our novel light-weight and fault tolerant actuator motors. Modern aircraft are replacing hydraulic systems where possible and Magnomatics’ advanced technology is able to deliver the demanding characteristics required for safety critical actuation of flight surfaces.”

The Electro-Mechanical-Magnetic Actuator Systems project aims to create safer, quieter, non-jamming actuator designs, containing electronics suitable for extreme environments.

The consortium is led by Triumph Actuation Systems and includes Romax Technology and the University of Sheffield.

The project is a key part of a £2bn aerospace industrial strategy, developed by industry and Government through the Aerospace Growth Partnership, which provides a national focus for technology research.