The DREAM project is a large multinational FP7 R&T project which is the response of the engine community to commercial and environmental pressures that have come about, mainly as a results of two main factors:
- the demand to reduce CO2 has increased considerably since the publication of the ACARE goals;
- the increasing cost and future availability of Jet A1 fuel.
The DREAM objectives for the engine and pylon in isolation are:
- CO2: -9% over and above VITAL/EEFAE TRL 4/5 (7% better than ACARE or 27% better than Year 2000 engine);
- Noise: - 3dB per operation point (~ -9dB cumulated on 3 cert points) versus the Year 2000 engine references at TRL 4 with improved methods, materials and techniques developed on past and existing noise programmes;
- NOx: will be reduced accordingly with engine specific fuel burn reduction.
The DREAM project comprises of 6 sub-programmes, being:
- SP0 - Management and dissemination;
- SP1 - Whole Engine Architecture;
- SP2 - Direct Drive Open Rotor;
- SP4 - Innovative Systems;
- SP5 - Alternative Fuels Demonstration.
The project is supported by 44 partners from 13 countries who provide the best aeronautic expertise and capability from within the EU, Russia and Turkey. The variety of organisations involved in the project (including larger OEMs, SMEs, Universities and Research Institutes) will be able to harness and apply the varied capabilities that are needed to achieve the project objectives.