Research & Education

Technological innovators gathered together

Concluding the fourth year of LEMCOTEC, a project financed by the <em>Seventh Framework Programme, Avio Aero held the <strong>Annual Review Meeting at the NH Torino Lingotto Tech Hotel. The meeting was attended by all project partners and European Commission representatives. The last meeting with the same people was held in Paris, in January 2015.
Some of the companies at the event included: GKN, ITP S.A., MTU Aero Engines AG, Rolls-Royce UK, SNECMA, Snecma Groupe SAFRAN, PBS Velka Bites a.s., TM, Pratt & Whitney Rzeszòv, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Cambridge University, CIAM, CNRS, Cranfield University, DLR, UNIFI, University of Oxford and VKI. All coordinated by the international management services firm ARTTIC, and Rolls-Royce Deutschland as project leader.
The meeting allowed all participants to compare and contrast on the progress made, from project launch to the 48<sup>th</sup> month of development, in terms of deliverable—82% completed—and milestones.
The main goal at LEMCOTEC is to reduce air traffic emissions by improving the thermal efficiency of aircraft engines, with a great focus on sustainability. Development at LEMCOTEC is focused on the core components of the new generation aircraft engines. The main technological goal is to improve the thermal efficiency of the core-engine by increasing the overall pressure ratio (OPR) to 70. All this has benefits in terms of specific fuel consumption and thus in CO and CO2 emission reduction. The real challenge in combustion technology is to be able to contain nitrogen oxides, known as NOx, whose emission increases with pressure (OPR). To do so, various alternative combustion technologies have been suggested by the three partners—SNECMA, Rolls Royce and Avio Aero—and they need to be further developed and approved to show their complete readiness.
Avio Aero pursues the development of Lean combustion technology (which allows the formation of lean flames resulting in lower temperatures), called PERM_ev. At the heart of the technology is the injection system made in additive manufacturing, which optimizes mixing and allows the temperature in the chamber to be controlled depending on operating conditions. Along with this, other technologies—such as “multi-hole walls” to improve the durability (physical resistance) of the module, “plasma ignition systems” applications, control of flame stability using “ion probes”—have a place within a structured testing campaign for a Full-Annular combustion module, with tests in medium- and high-pressure altitude relight conditions. 

Antonio Peschiulli during the workshop at the NH Tech
LEMCOTEC and Avio Aero thus aim to provide technological solutions to reduce CO2 and NOx emissions that could be implemented in the future generation of aircraft engines, to be introduced in 2020.
After the first half of the meeting on Management and Project Governance, it was time for the technical presentation of SP (Sub-Project) Coordinators and their respective Review Leaders. Attending on behalf of Avio Aero, were our Engineering colleagues Gian Paolo De Poli, Sub-Section Manager and responsible for European project management (as well as EIMG representative), Fabio Turrini, Senior Engineering Section Manager for Combustor Products, Antonio Peschiulli, Advanced Lead Engineer-Emerging Technologies (NTI), Salvatore Colantuoni, Sub-Section Manager-Mechanical/Component, Giusi Galati, Emerging Technologies (NTI).
At the end of the first day of work, the Engineering colleagues gave all participants the opportunity to visit the famous Giovanni and Marella Agnelli Art Gallery: located inside the Lingotto, it houses 25 masterpieces in its permanent collection, as well as a temporary show on Ed Ruscha. The evening concluded with dinner.
The event ended on December 10th with the General Assembly Meeting and Executive Management Board. The next appointment will be held in Berlin in September 2016, for the next meeting with the inspectors of the European Commission!