Laboratory for Electric Aircraft Design and Sustainability
Leb 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 the introduction of entire fleets of these aircraft on grid-energy infrastructure as well as communities below have yet to be thoroughly distilled. Founded by Prof. Matthew Clarke in 2023, the Laboratory for Electric Aircraft Design and Sustainability (L.E.A.D.S) explores the interaction between aircraft and the environment through detailed computational modeling of energy systems and vehicle noise. By quantifying the uncertainties and sensitivities of such complex systems, L.E.A.D.S. is not only strategically positioned to tackle technical challenges that spur out of the interactions between the critical domains of energy and noise, but to address the environmental and socioeconomic implications that impede progress toward sustainable aviation.
L.E.A.D.S. in the News
Profs Ansell, Rovey, and Clarke spearhead Boeing's partnership to support sustainable aviation, beginning with education. [read more here]
Professor Clarke presents at AIAA Aviation/International Powered Lift Conference.
Professor Clarke joins the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign!
Professor Clarke presents eVTOL Rotor Blade Optimization paper at SciTech Forum, Jan 2023.
Professor Clarke presents at the New Trends in Aerospace Seminar Series at MIT Aero/Astro, Fall 2023
Started Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT Aero/Astro.
Appointed Technical Discipline Chair of the AIAA V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee.
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