The Government this week said it would provide £700,000 for a British project to increase the efficiency of jet aircraft engines.
The HiTEAM2 project (high temperature electronics for gas turbine engine control) aims to develop a more environmentally friendly electronic control system that could significantly cut aircraft fuel consumption.
The project is receiving support from the Department of Trade and Industry under the Civil Aerospace Research and Technology Demonstration (Carad) programme and is also being supported by the Ministry of Defence.
Because the proposed control system can withstand much higher temperatures than current equipment – 2000C as opposed to 900C – the DTI says it will be able to operate at the optimum location inside a turbofan’s core, instead of inside the engine’s cowling.
The system is being developed by Lucas Aerospace in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and Calidus, a small company based in Cornwall that specialises in high-temperature electronic engineering.
The three-year project will cost £1.4m, shared equally between industry and government, with the DTI and MoD splitting their £700,000 equally.
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