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The SAfer FUEL system

Objective

Fuel Systems (FS) are critical for aircraft safety. Fire, ice and system failures are typical safety hazards associated to FS. FS accidents, though only representing 2% of accidents/incidents, continue to be a recurrent concern, especially as: the complexity of FS escalades to cope with increasing needs, including more stringent safety requirements ; flight conditions evolve with new routes at high altitude, crossing the Arctic, and faster climbing and approach; climate changes with more aircraft (A/C) exposed to hazardous weather.
Thus, FS have to deal with more extreme temperatures, stronger temperature gradients, more humidity, and more exposure to lightning. In addition, new technologies are emerging: Composite, More Electric and Alternative Fuel, bringing new safety requirements. For example, within the composite A/C environment, systems will be more exposed to lightning and induced arcing.
SAFUEL will address the urgent need for European-led research in FS safety to develop the next generation of safer FS also offering the opportunity to reduce the current over-dependence on patented US technology.
SAFUEL will develop:
-the new FS design, meeting the severe safety constraints of Composite and More-Electric A/C and evolving flight conditions
-a range of highly innovative prototypes, adequate testing and simulation tools to allow regulators to assess the safety of future FS as well as providing the necessary data to support authorities in rules and regulations for safe flight in icing conditions.
The project will also significantly improve the compliancy of the FS with evolving flight conditions and emerging technologies, enabling perfect emergence of Composite A/C.
By achieving these objectives, SAFUEL will reduce the rate of accidents/incidents related to FS from the current 2% to 0.4% instead of witnessing an increase.
SAFUEL brings together a consortium of best-of-breed experts from academia and industry-from components to airframer. It will last 3 years.
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Coordinator

ZODIAC AEROTECHNICS SAS

Address

Rue Pierre Curie 61
78730 Plaisir

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 241 253

Administrative Contact

Philippe Salats (Mr.)

Participants (12)

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AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 398 250

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 233 228

ASTON UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 187 500

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 293 325

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 630 504

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 491 957

NEDAERO Components B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 141 874

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 444 834

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 434 940

TELEMAQ

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 924

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI PARTHENOPE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 87 939

UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE - LILLE I

France

EU Contribution

€ 120 960

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314032

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    29 February 2016

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 463 804,40

  • EU contribution

    € 4 969 488

Coordinated by:

ZODIAC AEROTECHNICS SAS

France

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