Avio is currently involved in approximately 40 research programmes, with the aim of developing bespoke technologies for next-generation propulsion systems. Our activities consolidate our own network of knowledge at national and international level.
Research activities and focused product development (turbines, transmissions and combustors) are linked with medium to long term strategic development.
Avio participates in all the most important European aeronautical research projects related to aeronautical engines.
ACARE: Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe
European research programmes have very ambitious targets for the engine segment of ACARE 2020. At European level, Vision 2050 was recently launched to establish top-line objectives for the aviation industry.
VITAL (Environmentally Friendly Aero Engine) was launched as part of the 6th Framework Programme and focused on the technological development of low-pressure engine components. The programme came to a successful close with the demonstration of Avio's new technologies within the low pressure turbine, leading to high efficiency, lower noise emissions and reduced weight.
NEWAC (New Aero Concepts) was launched as part of the 6th Framework Programme and focused on the technological development of high-pressure engine components. The programme recently came to a successful close with the demonstration of Avio's new combustor product leading to lower emissions through the use of components produced with "Additive Manufacturing" techniques. Avio led the combustion sub-project and coordinated the research team made up of two Original Equipment Manufacturers and five universities and research institutes.
Avio is a founding member and partner of the public-private partnership Clean Sky.
Clean Sky is one of the high-level integrated technological platforms launched by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme Joint Technology Initiative. The programme comprises of six macro-areas (large aircraft, regional jets, helicopters, engines, systems and environmental design), which will lead to the production of large-scale tech demos (including flying tech demos).
Avio is active in the development of two innovative engine tech demos (Open Rotor and Geared Fan) that will be tested by 2015. Avio's responsibility lies in the development of the turbine and power transmission components.
The Turin Research Centre also plays a fundamental role in Avio's in-house research.