Powerful Pancakes

Dean Sigler Uncategorized 1 Comment

AST, Automation Source Technologies, has a line of compact “pancake” motors that are of interest to those designing electric aircraft. Their CDS Series have power outputs ranging up to 21 kW, efficiencies up to 93.2 percent, and weights of no more than 21 kg. The CDS 150, largest in the line, can be either water or air-cooled, handles inputs from 24 to 96 Volts DC, and operates at 1,000 to 6,000 rpm. High torque peaks, and a three to four times overload capacity might make this eight-pole series worthy of consideration.

Compact nature of CDS Series from AST is revealed

Compact nature of CDS Series from AST is revealed


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  1. Pancake motors may not be so much for prop drive as for “motor-in-wheel” drive as a replacement for disc brakes on main landing gear. Their very high power to weight can offer powerful acceleration for STOL takeoffs, equally powerful regenerative braking (with anti-lock/anti-skid) for STOL landings, differential steering and wheel spool-up pre-landing. All for about the weight of disc brakes. De-coupled, they could even serve double-purpose to drive a compressor to feed a tank with bleed air for short duration boundary layer control lift augmentation.

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