September 30, 2014
Securaplane Technologies’ VP of Technology, Dr. Mike Boost, has been educating the aviation market through technical papers and presentations on lithium battery technology at several aviation and engineering conferences.
In April, at the only event dedicated to on-board electrical power systems for aviation—the Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo—Boost explained how lithium battery technology differs from traditional aircraft chemistries, highlighting the safety techniques Securaplane utilizes within its own battery system enabling prognostic health management, cold weather removal avoidance, on wing capacity checks, and MSG3 data records.
In April, Boost submitted the Securaplane engineering team’s paper to the European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society entitled, “Practical PHM for medium to large aerospace grade Li-ion battery systems.” This paper focused on Securaplane’s development of state-of-health (SoH) and state-of-charge (SoC) algorithms, key components in prognostic and health management system that reinforce the safety of company’s lithium battery systems. The goal of the SoH algorithm is to predict battery degradation and attain an estimate of remaining battery life.
The Prognostics and Health Management Society is a repository of prognostics and health management knowledge and promotes interdisciplinary and internal collaboration to advance it.
In September, Boost presented a lithium technology white paper at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference, highlighting the key failure modes of conventional lithium batteries: overvoltage and internal short circuits. Securaplane’s system mitigates these failure modes through individual cell charging from designated chargers within the battery, escalating and automatic levels of circuitry shutdown and the use of the optimal lithium chemistry that vents out pressure should overvoltage occur.
The Society of Automotive Engineers International is a global organization of more than 138,000 engineers and technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries that promote safety, maintenance, and energy resource conversation.
Additionally, Dr. Boost was selected to speak at the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) Heli Expo in March 2015, focusing primarily on the safety considerations used within a lithium battery system.
HAI is the largest international helicopter organization that focuses on enhancing safety while promoting economic viability throughout the rotorcraft market. HAI’s flagship event is titled the Heli-Expo which attracts over 20,000 attendees and over 700 firms yearly.
Boost holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University and has over 20 years of experience working on power generation and conversion, 12 years within aviation. Boost’s focus has been energy storage devices including rechargeable lithium engine start batteries and power conversion equipment including multi-chemistry battery chargers, cycloconverters, and engine start inverters.
Securaplane Technologies has spent over 15 years researching, designing, manufacturing and testing lithium batteries. Thousands of lithium batteries are flying in aircraft today without a single reported safety issue. Currently, Securaplane has two lithium battery programs in development that will be production standards for a major business jet and rotorcraft manufacturer.
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Securaplane is a leading supplier of avionics products for business, commercial, and military aircraft including airborne video cameras, security systems, emergency and main ship batteries, battery chargers, inverters, and wireless control systems. With extensive technical capabilities and industry experience, Securaplane works with airframe manufacturers and operators. Our products are installed by major OEMs including AgustaWestland, Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer, Eurocopter, Gulfstream, Beechcraft, and Sikorsky.
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Securaplane Technologies, Inc.
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