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Integrated Aircraft Thermal Management and Power Generation

Future military aircraft will demand lower cost and lower weight subsystems that are more reliable, and easier to maintain and support. To identify and develop subsystems integration technologies that could provide benefits such as these to current and future military aircraft, the Air Force Wright Laboratory (WL/FIVE) initiated the Subsystem Integration Technology (SUIT) program in 1991. McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA) together with Pratt and Whitney (PWA), and AlliedSignal Aerospace Systems and Equipment (ASE) was one of three teams that participated in Phase I of the SUIT program. The MDA Team's goal was to conceptually formulate a SUIT approach which would provide significantly reduced weight and costs while increasing cooling and power generation capabilities. These goals were achieved with a new and innovative energy subsystem suite which integrates aircraft and engine subsystem power, cooling, pumping, and controls.