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Tilt Rotor Integrated Air Intake and Engine Protection Systems

Objective

TRIcEPS aims at fulfilling all the requirements of the JTI-CS2-2018-CfP08-FRC-01-21, “Development of integrated engine air intake and protection systems for Tilt Rotor” by designing, manufacturing, testing and qualifying the left-hand and the right-hand side air intakes and their integrated engine protection system for the NextGenCTR technology demonstrator, contributing to meet the goals of the CS2JU FRC WP1. The proposed engine protection system is geared on two key enabling technologies:
• a removable thermoelectric ice protection system based on the heater layer technology. This is already under development on the blade of the NextGenCTR and on the wing of the regional aircraft;
• a vortex tubes filter for protecting the engine from ingestion of particles in harsh environment.
The air intake will be equipped with a bypass for operation in clean flow and a compressor washing system. The choice of a vortex tubes instead of a barrier filter is key in TRIcEPS. This solution, despite providing 1-to-2% lower particle separation efficiency, allows for:
• full self-cleaning capabilities, thus not requiring maintenance (i.e. fit and forget approach);
• stable pressure drop in brownout operation, resulting in no need of emergency bypass actuation which would expose the engine to the harsh environment;
• significantly reduced icing issues;
• easier flight certification path, according to FAA;
resulting in the best technical compromise for the NextGenCTR considering its mission profile. Moreover, this choice does not to infringe IPRs on tilt rotor air intake (as per patenting activities by Bell Helicopters on barrier filter), thus securing the position of Leonardo with respect to the future market.
TRIcEPS will deliver the air intake, its engine protection system and all the relevant sub-systems at TRL 7, supplying Leonardo with the reference technical solution for engine protection of the NextGenCTR, strengthening the competitiveness of the European rotorcraft industry.

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Call for proposal

H2020-CS2-CFP08-2018-01
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Funding Scheme

CS2-IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 605 065

Participants (6)

PALL EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 590 803
Address
5 Harbourgate Business Park Southampton Road
PO6 4BQ Portsmouth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CI COMPOSITE IMPULSE GMBH & CO
Germany
EU contribution
€ 475 266
Address
Kalthofs Park 10
58285 Gevelsberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VILLINGER GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 241 062
Address
Gewerbepark 6
6142 Mieders
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 174 000
Address
Letnany Beranovych 130
19000 Praha 18
Activity type
Research Organisations
PRIME AEROSTRUCTURES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 216 256
Address
Plocking 1
3400 Klosterneuburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RTA RAIL TEC ARSENAL FAHRZEUGVERSUCHSANLAGE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 311 838
Address
Paukerwerkstrasse 3
1210 Wien
Activity type
Other