Dr Simon Evans works in Airbus CRT’s Electrics and Electromagnetics team leading an internal research project concerned with superconductive aircraft propulsion. With a team focus on enabling the future of electrical flight, he works towards continuously pushing the limits of electrical technologies while also mastering their seamless integration into aircraft.
Perhaps at no time other than the era around the turn of the 20th century has electricity generated so much buzz around its vast potential to be a positive force for the future of humanity. Though often taken for granted, seen as an integral yet almost invisible part of our everyday lives, we are now imagining new applications for electricity as we revisit its potential uses. Today, technological developments that seem to spring from the pages of science fiction novels are enriching our lives while stretching the boundaries of what we formerly thought possible.
Through his work in CRT’s Electrics and Electromagnetics team, Dr Evans is helping to lead this charge towards the bright, electric-powered future of flight at Airbus.
With his finger perpetually on the pulse of recent advances in his field, and short, high-impact projects Simon remains constantly stimulated by new challenges while working alongside talented people that provide him with ongoing inspiration. But while Airbus fuels his passion today, like so many others, a great teacher is what got him started.
Beginning to study electronic engineering in high school, Simon continued along that path through his undergraduate and graduate studies then went on to work for a large defence company as a research scientist focusing on high power electromagnetics. This led him to Airbus, where he spent nine years researching lightning direct effects on composite aircraft structures. While there, Airbus provided him with the opportunity to study full time for his PhD while maintaining employment.
Now, in the Electrics and Electromagnetics team, Simon investigates breakthrough technologies in his field as well as disruptive technologies in other areas and industries, exploring their potential applicability for future Airbus products.
Attempting to solve the problems of today through the technologies of tomorrow, Airbus is committed to a move towards zero emissions for future products. Simon’s work is crucial for both the company and the planet, providing small and continuous developments that yield big results and major implications for the future.
Focusing on individual components within aircraft systems as well as overall tech bricks, the Electrics and Electromagnetics team is assembling the electric powered future of flight piece by piece and continuously pushing the limits of electrical technologies while also mastering their safe and seamless integration into aircraft. Dealing with the electrification of auxiliary systems like hydraulics, or electric / hybrid propulsion systems necessitates an increase in power in the aircraft and also brings the potential for events that could become critical for safety. To maintain the critical safety of current aircraft while introducing new electrical technologies that address the needs of tomorrow, these technologies need to be changed and optimized to meet the requirements for Airbus’ applications.
The constant, every day pushing of technological boundaries at Airbus brings new, exciting challenges for Simon. Conducting research on generation-after-next technologies for fully electric and hybrid electric propulsion such as cryogenic power electronics, Simon’s work is truly leading to the development of the products of the future today, directly contributing to CRT’s mission of ‘establishing Airbus’ future through technological prowess’ and fueling the future of flight for us all.