Innovation

Joint Labs & Projects

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Young talents inventing the future of flight

Research and development for the aviation products and services of tomorrow starts where young talents can foster their ideas with professional people, facilities and equipment directly at a university campus or in a tech-rich environment. This is exactly what is happening at all of our labs!

Innovation

Labs

Great Lab

Great Lab

Partnership with the Polytechnic of Turin
The partnership agreement between Avio Aero and Politecnico di Torino has led the constitution of Great Lab, an integrated University-Enterprise innovation centre placed in the Politecnico di Torino campus. Great Lab provides a major advance in developing the next generation commercial aircraft engine technologies, enabling Avio Aero to produce high–performance, low noise and low emission engines sub-systems and components.
TAL – Turin Additive Laboratory

TAL – Turin Additive Laboratory

Partnership with the Polytechnic of Turin
The partnership agreement between Avio Aero and Politecnico di Torino has led the constitution of the Turin Additive Lab. The Lab is laying the foundations for a long-term cooperation on strategic issues for the aircraft industry . Avio Aero and the University are sharing - inside the Campus -the most advanced technological scenarios, defining together the research priorities.
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EFB - Energy Factory Bari

EFB - Energy Factory Bari

Partnership with the Polytechnic of Bari
Avio Aero and Bari Polytechnic created the integrated multidisciplinary laboratory "Energy Factory Bari" (EFB), to develop research activities, and development of technologies in the aerospace and energy sectors. The laboratory is located inside the university Campus in Bari. Research areas involve high speed electrical machines, high frequency power converters, control systems, fluid mechanics and machine design.
Apulia Repair Development Center for Additive Repairs

Apulia Repair Development Center for Additive Repairs

Partnership with the Polytechnic of Bari
Avio Aero and the Bari Polytechnic opened the "Apulia Repair Development Centre For Additive Repairs" a Lab created for experts, researchers and young post-graduates whose mission is to develop innovative repair procedures for aviation engine components, employing technologies based on systems of laser deposition and cold spray. In this Lab innovative repair processes are identified, developed and experimented. After the development phase, these repair processes can be implemented in the main repair stations present in Avio Aero plants, including that in Brindisi, dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of aviation engines.
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ComHeat-Lab

ComHeat-Lab

Partnership with the University of Florence
Avio Aero and the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Florence (UniFI) created a joint laboratory called ComHeat-Lab (Combustion & Heat Transfer Laboratory). The intent is to support technological development in the fields of combustion, heat exchange and fluid systems applied to combustors and turbines in aeronautical engines.
Polonia Aero

Polonia Aero

A project by representatives of Polish Science and the aeronautical industry
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Innovation

Projects

SICO Project

Agreement with the Apulia Region

Development of a Control System for Aero Engines and Aero derivatives

Operation co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development Apulia

POR Apulia 2014 - 2020 "Investing in your future"

ASSE I - Specific Objective 1 - Action 1.1 (R & S)

Program Contract with the Apulia Region, approved by resolution CMP / DEL / 2016/00042 of 22/12/2016

If the aeroengine is the technological heart of the aircraft, the control system can be considered as the brain of the engine, equipped with sensors and actuators.

The control system manages the engine’s operation in every phase of the in-flight service, avoiding the risk of stalling, combustor shutdown, over temperature conditions, over speed and over pressure. It also governs the necessary adaptations to sudden changes due to environmental conditions and the maneuvers of the aircraft, ensuring reliable performance.

Its "intelligence" lays in the control unit that, after acquiring different signals both internal and external from the engine, processes them providing the necessary instructions to change the settings. To do this, it uses a network of sensors to "understand" what happens and intervenes with the actuators in order to implement any adjustment. The actuators are driven through electric and fluid systems.

The SICO project focuses on the development of an innovative control system. The goal is the acquisition of multi-disciplinary knowledge, not available today in Apulia nor in Italy, for the creation of a comprehensive control system for aircraft engines characterized by high power and autonomy, also usable for unmanned aircraft.

The main drivers that guide the activities of the Industrial Research and the Experimental Development are:

  • the reduction of fuel consumption to minimize the environmental impact and the end-user operating costs of the aircraft
  • reliability, to increase the safety of passengers and the reduction of end user maintenance costs of the aircraft
  • the increase of the power available for the purpose of a greater operability of the aircraft.

The project activities will be verified through an important experimental campaign that involves the design and construction of two test benches:

  • the "Dry Rig" can be defined as a real-time simulator capable of simulating an aircraft engine and its accessories and will be used to test control logics;
  • The "Wet Rig" allow to verify the behavior of the control system taking into account both the physical and simulated signals of the engine and accessories.

The SICO Research and Development Project - subject of the Program Agreement between Avio Aero and the Apulia Region – started in May 2016 and will last 4 years. The Avio Aero Laboratory in Bari will be the main activities site.
The loan recognized is of € 16.5 Million euro on a total of € 29.3 Million costs.

Development CDS_000505

Agreement with the Ministry of Economic Development - European Union

EUROPEAN UNION

European Regional Development Fund

ASSE I - Investment Priority 1b - Action 1.1.4

CDS_000505 Development Agreement with the Ministry of Economic Development approved with Determination of 30/03/2017

The proposed program, both in terms of Industrial Project and Technological R&D Development, foresees total investments of approximately 61 M€, 48 M€ of which related to Industrial Investment Project and 13 M€ circa for investments in Industrial Research and Experimental Development. The provisional financial support granted is approximately 18 M€, 12 M€ of which as a non-repayable on industrial investments and about 6 M€ for R&D Investments expense contribution.

The project, as mentioned above, aims at consolidating and innovating the activities carried out by the Avio Aero Pomigliano d'Arco plant for the production of combustion chambers, the production of turbine blades and for the overhaul of civil engine modules.

In particular, investments in materials asset envisaged is aimed at innovating machining technologies in order to increase production capacity and competitiveness.

Similarly, the Industrial Research and Experimental Development activities aim at the acquisition of strategic know-how:

  • On the development of innovative technologies for the combustor, in order to maintain and improve the global technological leadership for the core products;
  • In the field of mechanical machining, with expected benefits in the efficiency and productivity of transformation processes for products like the turbine blades being machined at the Avio Aero Pomigliano d'Arco plant;
  • On the optimization of industrial technologies for the production and maintenance of turbine components.

POR FESR

Agreement with the Piedmont Region

Project n. F/040007/00/X31 - CUP: B68I15000100008

“Technologies maturation and development for integration of a Turboprop Aircraft Engine system”

Achieved thanks to co-financing

Of the POR FESR Piedmont 2014-2020 ASSE I – Action I.1b.1

With the project proposal, Avio Aero intends to develop innovative technologies, know-how and skills for advanced engine architectures. The total investment for Avio Aero is around 38M€ in 4 years of activities.

Taking in consideration the next generation Small Turboprop architecture, the goal of the project is to make a step change in engine performance reducing economic and environmental impacts.

The main guidelines of the project are:

  • Engine system integration with part count reduction using Additive Manufacturing technology
  • Advance aero and thermal design of Power Turbine
  • Ultra-compact combustor
  • Control System development
  • GBX in Additive Manufacturing with the achievement of the first engine certification.

ll these goals have as aim:

  • The reduction of fuel consumption and operating costs of the propulsion system
  • The improvement of reliability and of safety for passengers.