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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 project activities will be verified through an important experimental campaign that involves the design and construction of two test benches:
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.
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:
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:
ll these goals have as aim: