The Technical Data sheets are detailing the ULTIMATE Aircraft Engine Concepts displayed at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018.

Posters summurizing the results of three years of intense research

Press Release, 12th June 2018

ULTIMATE innovations make Flightpath 2050 targets feasible:

Collaborative effort for breakthrough aero engine concepts that help ensuring a 75% reduction in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 2050

The European-funded Horizon 2020 ULTIMATE project (Ultra Low emission Technology Innovations for Mid-century Aircraft Turbine Engines) has developed concepts for highly innovative propulsion and integration technologies for mid-century aero engines. With five experienced research groups and four major European engine manufacturers, ULTIMATE partners have identified breakthrough technologies which address the major loss sources in existing aero engines, thus enabling disruptive efficiency improvements. The project team will for the first time present its results to the broader public at the Farnborough International Airshow, exhibiting detailed scaled mock-ups of the technology concepts.



1. The European Union is funding ULTIMATE under its Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. What is most innovative about ULTIMATE?

 The key innovation steps come from two observations. 1) Radical improvements in energy efficiency can only come from addressing fundamentally large losses. 2) Combining concepts together can actually decrease the challenge of designing new aero engines. For instance, you may find that NOx emissions are much easier to address when adding intercooling to an engine with a constant volume combustion process.


The ULTIMATE Project

ULTIMATE is a €3m EU Horizon 2020research and innovation project targeting step-change improvements in aero engine efficiency. The consortium, led by Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, includes five academic and four major engine industry partners from across Europe. The Flightpath 2050 target of 75% reduction in energy consumption, and in carbon dioxide emissions, is extremely challenging. Technologies currently under development cannot achieve this, so more radical solutions are needed. The ULTIMATE project has identified breakthrough technologies that address the three major loss sources in existing engines, as shown in Figure 1. It has also explored potential synergies between these new technologies, to give design solutions that can deliver ultra-low emissions and also reduce engine noise.

Press Release by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in association with the ASME Turbo Expo 2016 conference

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