Aerospace & Defence

Hydraulic vs electric in aviation

4th March 2021
Alex Lynn

With the electrification of the automotive industry, the ambition quickly arose to transfer this to aviation to the same extent. Hydraulic systems give way to electric ones. The system's supply voltage increases to allow for greater ranges thanks to reduced mass.

In the early days of commercial aviation, all control commands were carried out with the help of wires ropes or push rods. This had advantages: forces could be transmitted without delay and without losses. Since the aircraft of the time were small, pilots could operate everything with mere muscle power. However, flying a modern wide-bodied aircraft with muscle power alone would be completely impossible.

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