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OFELIA - Open Fan for Environmental Low Impact of Aviation

Duration:
38 months (2025)
Principal investigator(s):
Project type:
UE-funded research - JTI - Clean Aviation
Funding body:
COMMISSIONE EUROPEA (Commissione Europea)
Project identification number:
101102011
PoliTo role:
Partner

Abstract

Reducing SMR aircraft environmental impact is a priority of the Clean Aviation SRIA, which objective is to have technologies ready for the future generation of SMR aircraft. The engine is key in this effort and the Open Fan engine architecture is the most promising solution in terms of fuel efficiency to both achieve environmental goals (20% emissions reduction versus 2020) and target a rapid Entry into Service, as early as 2035. OFELIA aims to demonstrate at TRL5 the RISE Open Fan demonstrator, for the SMR to achieve or surpass the Air Transport Action Group’s goals on the way towards Carbon neutrality by 2050. To this end, OFELIA will focus on this high TRL full scale demonstration of the engine architecture and on the development of key enablers for the Open Fan. OFELIA will allow the increased fan diameter to be accommodated within the limits of a conventional aircraft configuration, thanks to the innovative technical solutions embedded into the design of the RISE Open Fan. Following the architecture definition, OFELIA will perform a large-scale Open Fan engine ground test campaign and will optimize the engine installation with the airframer to deliver flightworthy propulsive system definition and prepare an in-flight demonstration for the phase 2 of Clean Aviation. The project will also address certification, in close collaboration with airworthiness authorities, taking advantage of the permit-to-fly activity as a real case contribution. Finally, in synergy with national programs, OFELIA will gather a large European consortium to contribute to the RISE technology demonstration announced in June 2021. OFELIA will then deliver a TRL5 Open Fan engine architecture for SMR, demonstrate a credible path to 20% CO2 reduction versus 2020 and prepare the path to flight tests to consolidate the roadmap for EIS2035. As part of the technology maturation plan, the compatibility of Open Fan to hydrogen will be investigated in coordination with H2 pillar.

People involved

Departments

Partners

  • AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
  • AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
  • AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
  • AIRBUS OPERATIONS SL
  • AIRBUS
  • AM TESTING SRL
  • CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AERONAUTIQUE ASBL - CENAERO
  • CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA E LA DIMOSTRAZIONE SULLE ENERGIE RINNOVABILI RE-CORD
  • CONSORZIO PER LO SVILUPPO DELLE AREE GEOTERMICHE
  • DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
  • EUROPEAN AVIATION SAFETY AGENCY
  • GE AVIO S.R.L.
  • GE MARMARA TECHNOLOGY CENTER MUHENDISLIK HIZMETLERI LIMITED SIRKETI
  • GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY POLSKA SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
  • GENERAL ELECTRIC DEUTSCHLAND HOLDING GMBH
  • GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
  • NTI Engineering srl
  • OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO
  • SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS
  • SAFRAN NACELLES
  • SAFRAN TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS
  • SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ-INSTYTUTLOTNICTWA
  • SOFRANCE SA
  • STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS LUCHT - EN RUIMTEVAARTCENTRUM
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
  • VON KARMAN INSTITUTE FOR FLUID DYNAMICS
  • VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV AS
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Keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_9 - Production technology, process engineering
PE8_5 - Fluid mechanics, hydraulic-, turbo-, and piston engines

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 9. Costruire un'infrastruttura resiliente e promuovere l'innovazione ed una industrializzazione equa, responsabile e sostenibile|Obiettivo 12. Garantire modelli sostenibili di produzione e di consumo|Obiettivo 13. Promuovere azioni, a tutti i livelli, per combattere il cambiamento climatico*

Budget

Total cost: € 139,208,186.39
Total contribution: € 100,000,000.00
PoliTo total cost: € 243,850.00
PoliTo contribution: € 243,850.00

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