The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) recently attended the 23rd International Society of Air-breathing Engines (ISABE) conference in Manchester.

Among a line-up of senior industry speakers, Dr Simon Weeks, the ATI’s Chief Technology Officer, was invited to provide an overview of the Institute and its technology strategy for the UK aerospace sector.

The six-day event was focused on sharing new insights into aero engine technology and aero gas turbine engine technology, and enabled delegates to meet experts from the global aerospace community. The theme of the 2017 conference was ‘Economy, Efficiency and Environment’. The purpose of the event was to explore ways that everyone involved with the core and peripheral industries in air breathing engines can work together by sharing and exchanging knowledge, information, and resources.

The ISABE event is key for the ATI; around 50% of our research and technology (R&T) portfolio is committed to Propulsion of the Future, a major technology theme outlined in the ATI technology strategy, Raising Ambition. The conference not only provided the Institute with valuable insight into the global developments of aero engine technologies, but it was also an ideal platform for the ATI to share its view on future propulsion technology with global senior technical experts.

Dr Weeks said:

“The conference was a good opportunity to discuss the direction of engine technology, and there was a lot of excitement and energy among the delegates for the future of propulsion. It is encouraging to see that other nations also share the UK’s strategic viewpoint around the next generation of efficient engines.

“The Institute will maintain its work with UK government, industry and academia to continue developing technologies that will deliver the next generation of quieter, cleaner and more efficient engines”.
Speaking at the conference, Paul Stein, Chief Technology Officer at Rolls-Royce announced that the company has set a new record for the world’s most powerful aerospace gearbox, just months after testing began. He confirmed that the Power Gearbox has successfully reached 70,000 horsepower while on test at Rolls-Royce’s dedicated facility in Dahlewitz, Germany. The Power Gearbox will play a central role in the company’s next-generation UltraFan® engine, helping to deliver improved efficiency over a wide range of thrusts. The Institute looks forward to continuing to support Rolls-Royce in developing the next generation of aero engines.

The ATI recently published Insight_02 – Emerging Technologies for Propulsion, our second INSIGHT paper focusing on the emerging technologies that will impact next-generation propulsion. More electric technologies are clearly a key focus for current and planned R&T projects. Thermal technologies are increasingly important in aerospace architectures as new concepts create increasingly demanding thermal loads with reducing opportunities for conventional heat dissipation. Noise is a specific target, driven in the nearer term by local environmental concerns. Emissions targets may also drive change in low smoke-producing combustion systems.