Examples of Current and Past Research and Development Activities

EU Programmes

Initiative Towards sustAinable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA)

Initiative Towards sustAinable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) is a collaborative project framed in the implementation of the European Union policies, implementation of European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI) and specifically aims to contribute to the fulfilment of some of the short-term (2015) EU Flight Path objectives.

Aircraft Emissions and Reduction Technologies (AERONET)

AERONET is a network consisting of 25 Partners from 9 countries. The partners and communities involved cover the whole aeronautics spectrum: Aeronautical Research Centres, Universities and research institutes, Aero-engine industry, Aircraft industry, Fuel industry, ATM R&D centres and SMEs Airports. It has been created as a platform where all the stakeholder communities can meet, exchange information, views and experiences gathered in different EC projects and national programmes on aviation and the environment.

Environmentally Compatible Air Transport System (ECATS)

ECATS is a network of excellence looking at the environmentally compatible air transport system. The consortium is made up of twelve key research establishments and universities across Europe.

Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development (Alfa-Bird)

Alfa-Bird is a project co-funded by the EU in the 7th Framework whose objective is to investigate and develop a variety of alternative fuels for the use of in aeronautics, motivated by the need to ensure a sustainable growth of the civil aviation, regarding the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, and in the context of oil prices that are highly volatile and increasing in the long term.

Sustainable Way for Alternative Fuels and Energy for Aviation (SWAFEA)

SWAFEA is a study for the European Commission's Directorate General for Transport and Energy to investigate the feasibility and the impact of the use of alternative fuels in aviation.

Technologies Enhancement for Clean Combustion in Aero Engines (TECC-AE)

TECC-AE is a four year research programme aimed at reducing the environmental impact of aviation. Our contribution on the Basic knowledge about internal coke formation.

Engine LUBrication SYStem Technologies (ELUBSYS)

Elubsys is aimed at designing and validating innovative technologies and architectures for the lubrication systems of gas turbines with the view of increasing their efficiency, reducing their cost and, more importantly, reducing engine SFC.

Government Programs

National Jet Fuel Combustion Program (NJFCP)

UK MOD : Fuels and lubricants: reducing cost of ownership

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Wedge Holdings

Energy & Enviromental Services Ltd

Hamworthy Combustion

Working with Industry

Working with industry includes Rolls Royce, Shell aviation, Shell global solutions

QSTP funded fuels properties programme.Work is underway to characterise the properties of Gas to Liquid GTL aviation kerosene. Sheffield is investigating thermal stability and elastomer material compatibility.

Researchers at the LCCC are working with Australia’s QER to evaluate shale derived aviation kerosene. This will include evaluating fuel properties, ignition and stability and engine operation.

The LCCC is a key building block for the Centre for low carbon futures CLCF . In particular a two year project will look at the design, installation feasibility and running of an O2 generation plant in the Low Carbon Combustion Centre.

Other Research Activities

Effect of Ash on Combustor and Turbine Blades

Innovate UK funded programmes - ATI Fuel System Lifing and Static Seal compatibility

Hybrid and Hydrogen Combustion Systems

Particulate Emissions Reduction methods, including comparison of various measurement techniques

Effect of fuel composition of fuel systems and injector degradation

Fuel categorisation

Numerical Capabilities