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Ultra Low emission Technology Innovations for Mid-century Aircraft Turbine Engines

Ultra Low emission Technology Innovations for Mid-century Aircraft Turbine Engines

Objective

With the ULTIMATE project five experienced research groups and four major European engine manufacturers will develop innovative propulsion systems to fulfill the SRIA 2050 key challenges. One of the most challenging targets is the 75% reduction in energy consumption and CO2-emissions. Technologies currently at TRL 3-5, cannot achieve this aim. It is estimated that around a 30% reduction must come from radical innovations now being at lower TRL. Thus, European industry needs synergetic breakthrough technologies for every part of the air transport system, including the airframe, propulsion and power.

The ULTIMATE project singles out the major loss sources in a state of the art turbofan (combustor irreversibility, core exhaust heat, bypass exhaust kinetic energy). These are then used to categorize breakthrough technologies (e.g. piston topping, intercooling & exhaust heat exchangers, and advanced propulsor & integration concepts). This classification approach gives a structured way to combine and explore synergies between the technologies in the search for ultralow CO2, NOx and noise emissions. The most promising combinations of radical technologies will then be developed for a short range European and a long range intercontinental advanced tube and wing aircraft.

Through the EU projects VITAL, NEWAC, DREAM, LEMCOTEC, E-BREAK and ENOVAL, the ULTIMATE partners have gained the most comprehensive experience in Europe on conception and evaluation of advanced aero engine architectures. Existing tools, knowledge and models will be used to perform optimization and evaluation against the SRIA targets to mature the technologies to TRL 2. Road maps will be set up to outline the steps to develop the technologies into products and bring them onto the market. These road maps will also provide a way forward for future European propulsion and aviation research.
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CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

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41296 Goeteborg

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 650 000

Participants (9)

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ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 380 000

BAUHAUS LUFTFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 420 000

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 550 700

INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DE L'AERONAUTIQUE ET DE L'ESPACE

France

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

MTU AERO ENGINES AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 187 578,13

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

France

EU Contribution

€ 99 843,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 633436

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 138 121,88

  • EU contribution

    € 3 138 121,88

Coordinated by:

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden