Laboratory for Electric Aircraft Design and Sustainability
Led by Prof. Matthew Clarke in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The aviation industry has set ambitious goals of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through a roadmap that includes improved flight operations and new aircraft powered by batteries, fuel cells, and biofuels. A limited understanding of these emerging technologies, however, has plagued their integration into propulsion architectures. Additionally, many implications stemming from introducing entire fleets of these aircraft on grid-energy infrastructure and communities below have yet to be thoroughly distilled. My research group - the Laboratory for Electric Aircraft Design and Sustainability (L.E.A.D.S) uses experimental and computational modeling of complex systems to understand the relationships between novel aerospace systems and the environment, particularly concerning energy and noise emissions. These research endeavors strategically position L.E.A.D.S to decode some of the technical challenges that emanate from the interactions between the critical sub-components, develop architectures that meet aircraft certification reliability specifications, and address the environmental and socioeconomic implications that impede progress toward sustainable aviation.
L.E.A.D.S. in the News
Prof. Clarke listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 2024 List for Science.
Profs Ansell, Rovey, and Clarke spearhead Boeing's partnership to support sustainable aviation, beginning with education. [read more here]
Professor Clarke presents at the AIAA Aviation/International Powered Lift Conference.
Professor Clarke joins the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign!
Clarke, M., and Alonso, J.J., 2022. “Forecasting the Operational Lifetime of Battery-Powered Electric Aircraft”. Journal of Aircraft, pp.1-9.
Clarke, M., and Alonso. J. J., "Lithium–Ion Battery Modeling for Aerospace Applications" Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 58, No. 6 (2021), pp. 1323-1335