E-BREAK (Engine BREAKthrough Components and Subsystems) is a large-scale integrated project, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission that has started on October 2012 and that is expected to last until September 2016.
E-BREAK will contribute to reducing air traffic emissions by adapting sub-systems to new constraints of temperature and pressure.The main technological objective of E-BREAK is to develop, validate and integrate specific key subsystem technologies required for ultra-high OPR applications and high BPR engines up to technology readiness levels of 4 to 5. E-BREAK will target sub-systems breakthrough, through improvements regarding mass reduction, material resistance, sealing technologies, oil systems, abradables, tip clearance control, stability of the engine in off-design operations and health monitoring. These initiatives will bring all technology bricks to a TRL level ensuring the possibility to integrate them in a new aero engines generation to be introduced around 2020.
Role of U4 partners
Ghent University-MMS ('Mechanics of materials and structures' research group) has a long-term track record in the study of the mechanics of materials (isotropic and anisotropic). By mechanical behaviour we mean to study the behaviour under static and dynamic loading conditions, where dynamic loading ranges from (high)dynamic impact over vibrations till fatigue. For investigating these loading regimes, the group has a wide range of experimental facilities. For this project, Ghent University has a bird impact test facility and three high speed camera's and a long history in performing bird impact tests.