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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

SAFRAN AEROTECHNICS
Address
Rue Pierre Curie 61
78370 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)

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 398 250
Address
Pegasus House, Aerospace Avenue, Filton
BS34 7PA Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Badino (Ms.)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 233 228
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Leclercq (Ms.)
ASTON UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 187 500
Address
Aston Triangle
B4 7ET Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Webb (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 293 325
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesca Di Matteo (Dr.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 630 504
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Hammond (Prof.)
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 491 957
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Dr.)
NEDAERO Components B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 141 874
Address
Hengelder 22
6902PA Zevenaar
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ron Leenaars (Mr.)
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 444 834
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlo Rens (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 434 940
Address
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefanie Bollwitt (Ms.)
TELEMAQ
France
EU contribution
€ 262 924
Address
Route De Tiragon 250
06370 Mouans Sartoux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean-Denis Sauzade (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI PARTHENOPE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 87 939
Address
Via Ammiraglio Ferdinando Acton 38
80133 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marina Majello (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE - LILLE I
France
EU contribution
€ 120 960
Address
Cite Scientifique Batiment A3
59655 Villeneuve D'ascq
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Muriel Vernay (Mrs.)