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Turbo electRic Aircraft Design Environment (TRADE)

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€1 500 000
EU Contribution
€1 500 000
Project website
Project Acronym
TRADE
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport electrification (ELT)
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Other specified
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-CS2-CFP04-2016-02
Link to CORDIS
Objectives

The improvement potential in conventional aero engines will be realized over the next decades. While a number of evolutionary improvements remain, the limits to thermal efficiency are becoming visible in terms of material constraints, NOx emissions and engine operability. The propulsive efficiency improvement potential is also small and constrained by transmission losses, nacelle and intake drag, engine weight and, for open-rotors, by noise and integration challenges. If the continuous increase in air travel is to become sustainable (as the ACARE 2020 and Flightpath 2050 goals require) then a revolutionary step change in aircraft technology is required.

Current aircraft/engine conceptual design methodologies are centred on the disciplines of aerodynamics, structures and gas turbine performance. Key aspects of unconventional concepts, such as hybrid electric propulsion, are thus hard to capture within existing design tools.

TRADE proposes the integration of three new aspects into aircraft/engine conceptual design:

  1. An advanced structural model to quantify the impact of the installation of heavy equipment on the sizing of the aircraft structure.
  2. Refined on-board system models to capture design and performance trades in electric power systems, gas turbines, and thermal management.
  3. An operational and mission model to enable flight dynamic analyses and an assessment of handling qualities of diverging aircraft configurations.

All improvements build on extensive model assets of the consortium members.

TRADE also delivers the integration of these new aspects into a conceptual design environment. The environment is suitable for the design of hybrid electric aircraft, and the consortium will apply it for configuration assessment and optimization at sub-system as well as whole-aircraft level.

TRADE fulfils all the topic requirements of JTI-CS2-2016-CFP04-LPA-01-28, and opens the path to a technological breakthrough in the aeronautics community.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.3.4.5.1.

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Modelon Ab
Address
Ideon Science Park, 22370 Lund, Sweden
EU Contribution
€385 000
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Abb Ab
Address
Kopparbergsvagen 2, 72183 VASTERAS, Sweden
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Technische Universitat Berlin
Address
STRASSE DES 17 JUNI 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€320 000
Organisation
The University Of Nottingham
Address
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€340 000
Organisation
Maelardalens Hoegskola
Address
HOGSKOLEPLAN 1, 721 23 VASTERAS, Sweden
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€455 000

Technologies

Technology Theme
Aircraft propulsion
Technology
Aircraft engine conceptual design tools
Development phase
Research/Invention

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