GKN Aerospace (Redditch, U.K.) has been selected as a partner for two projects within the EU’s aeronautics research program, Clean Sky 2. The company is to make a major contribution to the engines project, led by Safran, Rolls-Royce and MTU and the Large Passenger Aircraft (LPA) project, led by Airbus.
Work will take place at the company’s aero-engine engineering centers of excellence in Sweden and Norway. These teams will design, develop and manufacture complex structural parts as well as rotating parts for full scale aero-engine integrated technology demonstrators (ITD). The company will employ a number of innovative processes and technologies, new automation techniques, novel joining processes and additive manufacturing technologies to create the parts, with the goal of lowering weight by 15-30%.
“Clean Sky 1 brought remarkable levels of technological progress and, with the expansion of the program in Clean Sky 2, we will take these innovations far closer to market readiness through a program of full scale demonstrators,” said Robert Lundberg, director EU R&T programs at GKN in Trollhättan. “The Clean Sky 2 program target is to deliver real, break-through technologies that will help the industry achieve challenging ACARE goals, including 50 percent reductions in future aircraft emissions. We are extremely proud that our engine systems expertise will play such an important role in the industry achieving these critical goals.”
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