Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
English (en)
TRIMIS

Tilt Rotor Integrated Air Intake and Engine Protection Systems

TRIcEPS

Tilt Rotor Integrated Air Intake and Engine Protection Systems

Call for proposal: 
H2020-CS2-CFP08-2018-01
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

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; and
  • 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.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
JTI-CS2-2018-CfP08-FRC-01-21 Development of integrated engine air intake and protection systems for Tilt Rotor
Lead Organisation: 

Ait- Austrian Institute Of Technology Gmbh

Address: 
Donau-City-Strasse 1
1210 WIEN
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€605,065
Partner Organisations: 

Rta Rail Tec Arsenal Fahrzeugversuchsanlage Gmbh

Address: 
PAUKERWERKSTRASSE 3
1210 WIEN
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€311,838

Pall Europe Limited

Address: 
5 HARBOURGATE BUSINESS PARK SOUTHAMPTON ROAD
PORTSMOUTH
PO6 4BQ
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€590,803

Ci Composite Impulse Gmbh & Co

Address: 
KALTHOFS PARK 10
58285 GEVELSBERG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€475,266

Prime Aerostructures Gmbh

Address: 
AM CAMPUS 1
3400 KLOSTERNEUBURG
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€216,256

Villinger Gmbh

Address: 
GEWERBEPARK 6
6142 MIEDERS
Austria
EU Contribution: 
€241,062

Vyzkumny A Zkuebni Letecky Ustav, A.s.

Address: 
Beranovych 130
19905 PRAHA - LETNANY
Czech Republic
EU Contribution: 
€174,000
Technologies: 
Development phase:
Development phase: