European Engine Technology Workshop

The NEWAC programme welcomed more than 80 participants at the European Engine Technology Workshop in Warsaw on 2-3 June 2009.

83 participants from 11 countries gathered in Warsaw on 2 and 3 June 2009 to get the latest information on present and future European aero engine research programmes and to make contacts with industry, SMEs, research institutes and academia for possible future collaborations.

The conference took place at Warsaw University of Technology under the patronage of JM Rector Wlodzimierz Kurnik. The importance of European Research projects for Polish academia and industry was highlighted in the opening address presented by Dariusz Drewniak,  Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education,  Strategy Department, Deputy Director.

The European Commissionís strategy for funding of aero engine research and development was presented by Daniel Chiron, EC, Deputy Head of Unit Aeronautics, Scientific Officer for NEWAC. A broad range of examples for past, present, and future programmes was covered. Dr. Chiron also showed the emphasis of the upcoming calls for proposals and work programmes to advise the participants to the next possibilities for participation in European projects.

The programme encompassed the presentation of research and technology development performed in the European project NEWAC (New Aero Engine Core Concepts).

The NEWAC workshop summarized the first 3 years of European collaborative research joining 40 partners composed of major stakeholders in the European aero engine industry including all major aero-engine manufacturers, innovative small businesses, universities and research centres.

Four new core configurations under investigation within the NEWAC project have been presented:

  • Intercooled Recuperative Core using a Lean Premixed Pre-vaporized (LPP) combustor
  • Intercooled Core with a Lean Direct Injection (LDI) combustor
  • Active Core using active systems and a Partially Evaporation and Rapid Mixing (PERM) or LDI combustor
  • Flow Controlled Core with a PERM or LDI combustor

All these configurations are compared and assessed regarding their benefits and contributions to the global project targets of reducing CO2 emissions by 6% and NOX by a further 16%.

Besides NEWAC a comprehensive overview of current major European aero engine research projects and future research opportunities has been presented:

VITAL (EnVIronmenTALly Friendly Aero Engines), a European funded research programme in the Sixth Framework Programme, launched in January 2005 running for 63 months. Coordinated by Snecma, this project unites 53 partners from 15 countries and aims to develop engine technologies to reduce noise by 6 decibels and CO2 emissions by 7%.

dream (Validation of radical engine architecture systems) is a European funded research programme in the Seventh Framework Programme led by Rolls-Royce. 44 partners bundle their expertise to investigate new engine concepts for future air transport. The project technology themes include advanced technologies mainly devoted to fuel consumption / CO2 reduction, whilst retaining acceptable noise levels.

The Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative is a public-private partnership intended to accelerate the introduction of technologies to reduce the environmental impact of the air transport industry. Over a seven year period, the gross programme of Ä1.6bn will develop technologies to reduce CO2, NOX and noise emissions from aircraft through novel airframes, powerplant developments, alternative operating patterns, more efficient airframe and powerplant supporting systems and design for reduced manufacturing and end-of-life impact. Clean Sky is organised into six Integrated Technology Demonstrators, one of which is dedicated to Sustainable and Green Engines (SAGE). SAGE will develop five technology demonstrators. For these demonstrators a considerable amount of research work will be subject to open calls for proposals.

The course of presentations was completed by a comprehensive description of the aero engine research establishments, universities and industry in Poland and the Czech Republic showing the abilities, interests and experience of these players in European collaborative research in the areo engine sector. In addition to these presentations Poster sessions offered the possibility to present individual enterprises and research establishments from the new European Community member countries. These poster sessions offered the widely used opportunity to discuss possible future collaborations directly with representatives of the presenting parties.

This page also hosts all presentations given at the workshop and some photographic impressions from the two workshop days at the Warsaw University of Technology.

List of participants for download
Brochure announcing the European Engine Technology Workshop for download