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Sensors Towards Advanced Monitoring and Control of Gas Turbine Engines

Objective

The headline objective of this project is to develop a suite of advanced sensors, instrumentation and related systems in order to contribute to the development of the next generation of green and efficient gas turbine engines (AAT.2012.1.1-3&4).

Sensors are a vital enabling technology for gas turbines and are critical to validation of design tools, new products, engine control, and health monitoring. The limitations of sensors in terms of survival temperature, accuracy, stability, and degradation limit where measurements are made during development and the operating ceiling of the gas turbine. Engines are run with safety margin in order to safeguard components against mechanical failure. Consequently, they are not run at their most optimal, which impacts overall efficiency. For example, a 10C uncertainty on turbine entry temperature changes the specific fuel consumption by 0.2%. Also a 0.2mm change in turbine tip clearance changes the specific fuel consumption by 0.4%. It is believed that with better sensing techniques, in excess of 500,000 tonnes of kerosene could be saved per annum, which equates to a CO2 saving of over 1.5 millions tonnes. Despite some successes in recent research, it has become clear that the capability gaps are not closing quickly enough. Further research in to sensors and instrumentation is, therefore, absolutely essential if the capability gaps are to be filled at an adequate rate.

The STARGATE project intends to target these critical gaps and create the biggest impact possible within the constraints of the Call budget. The project will develop a range of advanced new sensors for high temperature gas path, surface, and structural measurements. The project also contains some detailed studies on wireless sensing. The sensors will be validated using both laboratory and rig trials to define their performance against specific targets. The project is being lead by Meggitt UK and includes 5 of the EU’s foremost gas turbine manufacturers.

Coordinator

MEGGITT (UK) LIMITED

Address

Aviation Park West Atlantic House - Airport Christchurch
Bh236ew Poole

United Kingdom

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 242 755

Administrative Contact

Kevin Squire (Mr.)

Participants (15)

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ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 290 000

ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

France

EU Contribution

€ 145 000

GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 123 000

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 459 759

INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 389 250

MEGGITT SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 230 500

Oxsensis Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 311 850

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France

EU Contribution

€ 472 373

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 391 008

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 326 595,50

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 271 032

SCITEK CONSULTANTS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 407 909

BAYERISCHES ZENTRUM FUR ANGEWANDTEENERGIEFORSCHUNG ZAE EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 291 018,50

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 386 952

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314061

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    29 February 2016

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 007 743,87

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 002

Coordinated by:

MEGGITT (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

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