Turbomeca is investigating new propulsive configurations to address the need for greater performance and reduced environmental footprint of new-generation rotor craft.
Through a cutting-edge hybridization project, Turbomeca is studying new twin-engine power management concepts. One of them includes trials of “sleep modes” to optimize the power available with the mission profiles. Whenever needed, the sleeping engine can be rapidly re-activated using an innovative electric power generation system. This concept will allow significant cuts in fuel consumption, whilst preserving the same architecture as other of Turbomeca’s engine designs.
Key technologies have already demonstrated an ultra-fast reactivation time, which is revolutionary compared to what conventional starters can provide. A full system is tested on a 2,500 shp class turbo shaft since June 2015, and will provide its full results in the coming months.
Turbomeca is also actively investigating other hybridization levels, through various combinations of duration (short versus long periods of hybridization) and intensity (small versus high ratio of additional electrical power brought to the original thermal/mechanical power source).
All such ground-breaking hybrid configurations are part of the “more electric” aircraft research initiatives currently being undertaken at Turbomeca, by combining the expertise and resources of several other Safran companies: Labinal Power Systems (power management systems), Technofan (electric engine) and Microturbo.
- Ultimate Heli Renewal of ISO 9001:2015 Certification
- Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army
- Airbus forms Team Nightjar for Australian special ops bid
- Boston MedFlight Reaches 80,000 Patient Transport Milestone
- US approves sale of one Sikorsky UH-60M to Jordan
- Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar
- TUM developing AR solution for ship landings in rough seas
- DRF take stock of the corona pandemic in Germany
- DSCA approves sale of 6 UH-60M to Lithuania
- AirLink lands at Klamath County Fire District
- Accel-KKR and ParkerGale join forces to back ATP in its acquisition of FlightDocs
- New helipad opens at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital
- DRF tests droplet spread inside helicopters
- HeliTSA launches Rolls-Royce M250/RR300 engine training
- UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2020
- 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual
- New South Wales Government supports eVTOL development with grant
- HeliOffshore Appoints Chief Executive Officer
- Patria consolidates its helicopter maintenance operations in Norway
- Russian Helicopters delivers two Mi-8MTV-1 to Yamal Airlines