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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

MEGGITT (UK) LIMITED
Address
Aviation Park West Atlantic House - Airport Christchurch
BH23 6EW 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)

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 290 000
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dave Bone (Mr.)
ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Eschenweg 11
15827 Blankenfelde-mahlow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralf Von Der Bank (Dr.)
SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
France
EU contribution
€ 145 000
Address
Bvd Du General Martial Valin 2
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Houel (Mr.)
GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 123 000
Address
-
46181 Trollhaettan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sanel Zenkic (Mr.)
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 459 759
Address
Werner-von-siemens-str. 1
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörg Horchheimer (Mr.)
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 389 250
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dirk De Vleeschauwer (Mr.)
MEGGITT SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 230 500
Address
Route De Moncor 4
1752 Villars S Glane
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dominique Vez (Dr.)
Oxsensis Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 311 850
Address
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton
OX11 0QX Didcot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Cohen (Mr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 472 373
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Michel Goulon (Mr.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 391 008
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Schaeffer Renata (Ms.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 326 595,50
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Collin (Ms.)
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 032
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elena Gaura (Prof.)
SCITEK CONSULTANTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 407 909
Address
10 Stadium Business Court, Millennium Way Pride Pa
DE24 8HP Derby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marios Christodoulou (Dr.)
BAYERISCHES ZENTRUM FUR ANGEWANDTEENERGIEFORSCHUNG ZAE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 291 018,50
Address
Am Hubland
97074 Wurzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Ebert (Dr.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 386 952
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Raymond Kent (Dr.)