Over the last decade, onboard power systems have advanced significantly due to the increased adoption of More Electrical Aircraft (MEA), All Electric Ships (AES) and electric high-speed rail within industry. By replacing certain mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic functions with electric systems, engineers can now reduce costs, increase architectural flexibility and improve acoustics. While onboard power systems offer significant benefits, stringent regulations concerning reliability and survivability require more comprehensive control and protection testing. As a result, airplane, ship and train manufacturers and suppliers must spend more time designing, testing, validating and certifying this new generation of complex electrical systems.
Moreover, the implementation of newer electrical technologies within onboard power system designs promises to pose still greater challenges requiring, more efficient tools and processes for this emerging area.