MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading engine manufacturer, has announced the development of new technologies as a result of its participation Clean Sky, the largest aviation technology research initiative ever launched by the European Commission. In the pursuit of development of new advanced aircraft and engine technologies, innovative propulsion system technologies have been developed and integrated into a demonstrator: MTU is responsible for SAGE 4 (Sustainable and Green Engines), one of five Clean Sky engine demonstrators, which was tested in Munich in late 2015.
Based on a geared turbofan engine, the demonstrator incorporates a number of innovations, including components – blades for example – that are made from new materials and feature a new design. New manufacturing techniques, advanced simulation methods and measurement techniques have also been tested. “Our work doesn’t stop at developing new technologies for our high-pressure compressor and low-pressure turbine modules, we also qualify new partners for the European aerospace industry,” explains Dr. Rainer Martens, Chief Operating Officer at MTU Aero Engines.
Partners from industry and research are participating in this sub-project alongside MTU. Most of the new companies and institutes to join MTU’s innovation value chain come from Germany, but not all: some are based in the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria and Sweden. “Our objective was to bring together the best in class, and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” Dr. Jörg Henne, Senior Vice President Engineering and Technology at MTU, sums up. The outcome is a win-win situation for both sides: “In addition to new hardware, we also gain new partners,” he explains. The cooperation under Clean Sky provides the partners with an opportunity to get a foothold in the European aviation industry for the first time, or to establish themselves in a specific segment of the industry.