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Engine LUBrication SYStem technologies

Objective

In aeronautics, gas turbine engines are equipped with lubrication systems whose function is to cool and lubricate the highly loaded rolling bearings and gearboxes. Current lubrication systems are based on architectures and technologies that have not much evolved for the last 30 years and that, despite advances made on components, have reached their technological limit. Future aero-engine requirements cannot be met neither by state-of-the-art lubrication systems nor by incremental improvement. ELUBSYS will design, develop and validate innovative technologies and architectures for aero-engine lubrication systems targeting increased efficiency and reduced cost, mass and engine Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC). The primary focus is around new brush seal technologies that offer the potential to improve engine propulsive efficiency by reducing bleed air losses whilst withstanding the aero-engine’s harsh environment. ELUBSYS will investigate the performance and endurance of brush seals; assess their impact on the thermal efficiency of lubrication systems and their external components and on oil quality. A secondary focus is the wider lubrication system including vent, scavenge, bearing chamber modelling and oil behaviour. Main objectives of the project are to: - Reduce engine SFC and related CO2 emissions by reducing by 60% the requirement for bleed air from the engine to seal the bearing chambers and by improving the thermal management of bearing chamber housings and ports - Reduce engine oil consumption by 60% - Optimise the architecture and performance of lubrication systems and thereby reduce their complexity and mass - Develop solutions to improve monitoring of engine oil quality and prevent coking in the lubrication system These goals will be achieved by a European consortium of Industry, Research centres, Academia and SMEs who will develop and validate these new lubrication technologies using modeling approaches and existing state-of-the-art test facilities.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/tribology/lubrication

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS
Address
Route De Liers 121
4041 Milmort
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 287 900,50
Administrative Contact
Jérôme D'agruma (Mr.)

Participants (19)

MTU AERO ENGINES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 295 150
Address
Dachauer Strasse, 665
80995 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Schmier (Mr.)
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 122 250
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Bone (Mr.)
ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 92 705
Address
Eschenweg 11
15827 Blankenfelde-mahlow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arne Sturm (Mr.)
SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
France
EU contribution
€ 371 186,50
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.)
SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES
France
EU contribution
€ 178 912
Address
Avenue Du President Szydlowski
64510 Bordes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Magali Delode (Ms.)
INDUSTRIA DE TURBO PROPULSORES S.A.U.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 59 950
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Zamudio 300
48170 Zamudio-vizcaya
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Alba (Mr.)
PRATT & WHITNEY RZESZOW SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Ulica Hetmanska 120
35 078 Rzeszow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Haligowski (Mr.)
ARTTIC IN BRUSSELS SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 237 394,10
Address
Rue De Livourne 7 Bte 4
1060 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Crompton (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 754 943,20
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrick Hendrick (Prof.)
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AERONAUTIQUE ASBL - CENAERO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 86 025
Address
Batiment Eole, 1Er Étage - Rue Des Frères Wright 29
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Nawrocki (Dr.)
SCHOLAI FREDERICKOU - FREDERICK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 253 140
Address
Yianni Frederickou 7, Pallouriotissa
1036 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stratis Kanarachos (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
France
EU contribution
€ 93 701
Address
20 Avenue Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Françoise Martin (Ms.)
IMS bordeaux

Participation ended

France
Address
351 Cours De La Liberation
33405 Talence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Paul Caltagirone (Mr.)
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 465 003,60
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Humbert (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 369 086
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 211 872
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
EU contribution
€ 143 200,50
Address
Calle Inaki Goenaga 5
20600 Eibar Guipuzcoa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eneko Gorritxategi (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE MONS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 263 721,60
Address
Place Du Parc 20
7000 Mons
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joël De Coninck (Prof.)
INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE DE BORDEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 128 754
Address
Av Du Docteur Albert Schweitzer 1
33402 Talence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Paul Caltagirone (Prof.)