Harsh Environment Electronic Device Systems (HEEDS)

Rolls-Royce, leading ATI funded project HEEDS, brings together a collaboration of five partners to support the three-year project which has a total value of Ј8 million.

The project objectives are to:

  • Develop next generation electronic products to enable product operation of harsh environment electronics in existing and future avionic platforms
  • Develop new components, test methodologies, packaging, circuit design, extend existing systems to operate in a harsher environment (increased EMC, radiation, dirt, vibration, temperature extremes)
  • Protect against electronic obsolescence

The Rolls-Royce element of HEEDS is based at the new Ј60m state-of-the-art 28,000 square metre Rolls-Royce facility in Solihull. The building incorporates technology, design, development, manufacturing and testing capabilities, with associated expansion space. The development of this technology will have benefits extending into other industries such as oil and gas, and submarines – where it will be advantageous to deploy electronic equipment in harsh environments.

The success of HEEDS will enable Rolls-Royce to move electronic equipment from the engine fan case to the core as part of the Advance and UltraFan™ demonstrator engine programmes. This will create savings in terms of cost, weight and build time, through reduction in the need for complex pipework. It is anticipated that this new generation of engines will be required to keep pace with the demands of customers, and to meet the Flightpath 2050 environmental goals.

Download the Harsh Environment Electronic Device Systems (HEEDS) case study
Short Title: HEEDS
Project Number: 113035
Project Cost: £7,789,331
End Date: 28th Feb 2018
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: Rolls-Royce Controls and Data Services
Attributes: Safety, Cost, Operational Needs & Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft