An extraordinary technological effort to define propulsion systems of the future that minimise environmental impact and energy consumption

Challenge/Domain
Challenge: 
Protecting the environment and the energy supply
Domain category: 
Technology
Enabler
Enabler: 
An extraordinary technological effort to define propulsion systems of the future that minimise environmental impact and energy consumption
Cluster of enablers: 
An extraordinary technological effort to define the air vehicles of the future that minimise environmental impact and energy consumption
Capability
Capability: 
To dramatically reduce the environmental impact and fuel consumption of aero gas turbines
Sub capability: 
To dramatically reduce the environmental impact and energy consumption of gas turbines through Light weight materials & structures
R&I needs: 
- develop existing and new materials, processes and design solutions for reduced structure weight, improved structural properties and increased temperatures. - develop methods and tools supporting improved process and structure simulation capability - search for new materials to be developed and applied mid/long term
Achievements
2020: 
* Engine and nacelle structural integration - lightweight (composite/hybrid), anisogrid composite structures for nacelles * Low (200 C) temperature composite materials with automated fibre preform manufacturing for complex geometries * Increased temperature resistance, and better structural stiffness, through continuous improvement of metallic materials (e.g. superalloys, Titanium alloys), coatings and processes * Rapid automated manufacturing of thermoplastic composite components * Ceramic matrix composites with improved damage tolerance and processes for complex geometries
2035: 
* Medium (500 C) temperature composite materials with automated fibre preform manufacturing for complex geometries * Metallic matrix composites * New materials allowing further weight reduction and higher temperatures

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