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Turbo electRic Aircraft Design Environment (TRADE)

Objective

The improvement potential in conventional aero engines will be realized over the next decades. While a number of evolutionary improvements remain, the limits to thermal efficiency are becoming visible in terms of material constraints, NOx emissions and engine operability. The propulsive efficiency improvement potential is also small and constrained by transmission losses, nacelle and intake drag, engine weight and - for open-rotors - by noise and integration challenges. If the continuous increase in air travel is to become sustainable - as the ACARE 2020 and Flightpath 2050 goals require - then a revolutionary step change in aircraft technology is required.

Current aircraft/engine conceptual design methodologies are centered on the disciplines of aerodynamics, structures, and gas turbine performance. Key aspects of unconventional concepts - such as hybrid electric propulsion - are thus hard to capture within existing design tools.

TRADE proposes the integration of three new aspects into aircraft/engine conceptual design. First, an advanced structural model quantifies the impact of the installation of heavy equipment on the sizing of the aircraft structure. Second, refined on-board system models capture design and performance trades in electric power systems, gas turbines, and thermal management. Finally, an operational and mission model enables flight dynamic analyses and an assessment of handling qualities of diverging aircraft configurations. All improvements build on extensive model assets of the consortium members.

TRADE also delivers the integration of these new aspects into a conceptual design environment. The environment is suitable for the design of hybrid electric aircraft, and the consortium will apply it for configuration assessment and optimization at sub-system as well as whole-aircraft level.

TRADE fulfills all the topic requirements of JTI-CS2-2016-CFP04-LPA-01-28, and opens the path to a technological breakthrough in the aeronautics community.

Coordinator

MODELON DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Net EU contribution
€ 176 937,50
Address
Agnes-pockels-bogen 1
80992 Munchen
Germany

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 320 000,00
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin

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Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MALARDALENS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 405 000,00
Address
Hogskoleplan 1
721 23 Vasteraas

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Västmanlands län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 340 000,00
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham

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Region
East Midlands (England) Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HITACHI ENERGY SWEDEN AB

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Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Kopparbergsvagen 2
721 83 Vasteras

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Västmanlands län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MODELON AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 258 062,50
Address
Ideon Science Park
22370 Lund

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00