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EPSRC Reference: EP/W010119/1
Title: Greener Aviation with Advanced Propulsion Systems (GAAPS)
Principal Investigator: Filippone, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Bojdo, Dr N Crowther, Professor WJ Kabbabe, Mr K
Steijl, Dr R Green, Dr R Barakos, Professor G
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL Rolls-Royce Plc (UK)
Department: Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Eng
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 August 2022 Ends: 31 July 2025 Value (£): 1,750,240
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Aerodynamics Design Engineering
Eng. Dynamics & Tribology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Manufacturing
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Dec 2021 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 7 and 8 December 2021 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
A number of novel aircraft configurations is likely to be developed in the next decade. These new aircraft will rely almost exclusively on advanced propellers, because they address flight conditions that are not viable with conventional gas turbine engines. First, there are issues of scaling, as the new vehicles target sub-scale (unmanned) to full scale (manned transport). Second, there are opportunities with hybrid or fully electric propulsions, which scale well at the low power outputs, but require variable-speed propellers. Propellers currently used in aviation operate at constant rpm and are fully reversible. The new propellers addressed in this research operate over a wide range of rpm and are mostly non-reversible (fixed-pitch). Thus, the strategic aims of the proposal is to build understanding of these new propeller systems, to create a database of experimental data that do not depend on a specific flight platform and can be used for further development in the industry. The proposal targets a mix of design, simulation models, advanced manufacturing, wind tunnel testing, open-air flight testing, and builds on several years of experience with rotary-wing systems.
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