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GKN Aerospace selected as a core partner in Clean Sky 2 future aero-engine projects

News International-French

8 Sep 2015

The company has been selected as a core partner in two projects within the EU’s ‘centrepiece aeronautics research programme’, Clean Sky 2. It is to make a contribution to the engines project, led by Safran, Rolls-Royce and MTU and the Large Passenger Aircraft (LPA) project, led by Airbus.

Work will take place at the company’s aero-engine engineering centres of excellence in Sweden and Norway. These teams will design, develop and manufacture complex structural parts as well as rotating parts for full scale aero-engine integrated technology demonstrators (ITD). The company will employ a number of innovative processes and technologies, new automation techniques, novel joining processes and additive manufacturing technologies to create the parts, with the goal of lowering weight by 15-30%.

Robert Lundberg, Director EU R&T Programmes at GKN in Trollhättan explained: “Clean Sky 1 brought remarkable levels of technological progress and, with the expansion of the programme in Clean Sky 2, we will take these innovations far closer to market readiness through a programme of full scale demonstrators. The Clean Sky 2 programme target is to deliver real, break-through technologies that will help the industry achieve challenging ACARE goals, including 50% reductions in future aircraft emissions.”

The GKN Aerospace Engine Systems business is a global manufacturer of engine components with a presence on almost all today’s aero-engine programmes. The operation has strong customer partnerships with life-of-programme positions on many existing engine platforms. GKN Aerospace - Engine Systems designs and manufactures components including: turbine, combustor and compressor structures; fan blades, cases and blisks; compressor rotors; LPT (low pressure turbine) cases; shafts and vanes. Its combination of lightweight metallic and composites capabilities has created a distinctive offering to the market.

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