Project Objectives

The proposed project will assist in the development of high technology aircraft ice, prevention and removal sensors, new advanced hardware for non-contact delivery of power to the sensors and advanced system operating software.

Overview

An effective ice protection system is essential for the safe operation of the advanced open rotor engine. With other innovative technologies used to develop this engine, the IPS technologies developed in this proposal make a contribution towards the overall impact of the advanced open rotor project in terms of economic, maintenance, environmental and societal benefits. 

Social objectives

(a) Employment prospects and level of skills in the EU will be enhanced by the project development work and the specific on-site application. The aerospace industry is of vital importance for the growth and stability of the European economy since millions of workers are directly or indirectly dependent on it.

(b) Environmental Impact  
Aircraft engines with counter-rotating propellers (Open Rotor) have the prospect of reducing CO2 emissions by up to a significant 30% in short haul and medium haul operations compared to current jet engines although it is recognised that there are considerable technological changes to overcome. The more efficient fuel use resulting from ‘open rotor’ engines and consequent reduced CO2 emissions will provide a carbon offset equivalent saving of some €145million for Europe at a rate of €15/tonne.

Technological objectives

There will be a number of innovations to facilitate the high aerodynamic performance of each IPS ie they should generate no significant additional drag on any surface. This MAY be achieved through the use of power delivery components of very low dimension perpendicular to flight surfaces eg microwave strip-line wave guided and antenna, fibre optic cables, low dimensional air ducting OR piezoelectric composite foils.