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Software tool for smart prediction of emissions will enable clean aero-engine design

02 June 2020

The European ESTiMatE project (Emissions SooT ModEl) is developing an advanced modelling and simulation software tool to allow more reliable analysis and prediction of the soot formation process in aero-engines. The tool will be an important factor in designing engines that will consume less fuel and emit fewer emissions, especially soot.

The software tool is being developed using a novel approach that combines sophisticated experiments and reaction models, and it will have a significant impact on the design of cleaner engines for the aeronautical sector.

“Our project uses a multidisciplinary approach for the study of the formation and destruction pathways of soot and further pollutant emissions,” says ESTiMatE coordinator Oriol Lehmkuhl.

The project is being coordinated by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in collaboration with aero-engine manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce. With funding worth €1.8M, ESTiMatE´s modelling strategy involves simulations of the chemical evolution of jet fuel and particle formation in aero-engine combustors.

“We are integrating research and industrial design based on advanced CFD modelling and simulation with experimentation,” says Lemkuhl. “Our aim is to develop a highly reliable and smart software tool that will be more accurate and more efficient than those used in the industry today.”

ESTiMatE´s work will strengthen Europe´s aeronautical sector by reducing the time and cost involved in aircraft design, testing, and certification. There will also be positive implications for the environment and the population worldwide due to the reduced emissions.

“The aviation industry has largely benefitted society but it is also responsible for CO2 and other emissions that not only contribute to global warming but also affect public health. The ultimate goal of the ESTiMatE project is to help reduce this industry´s negative impact and to make aviation more sustainable for future generations,” said ESTiMatE technical manager Daniel Mira.

ESTiMatE is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme as part of the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking, and partners of the project include Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), Technische Universität Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany) and Universität Stuttgart (Germany).

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