The NIPSE project develops key equipment and capabilities to achieve its high-level objectives which are meant to provide more competitive solutions for future aero-engine architectures.
The solutions developed within NIPSE are based on the UHBR technology and take into account the whole life cycle of UHBR engines: design, production, repair, maintenance, overhaul and retrofit. They perfectly match three main objectives of the project and can be considered real breakthroughs.
Multivariable optimisation methodologies
- NIPSE will develop advanced optimisation and integration methodologies, based on novel assessment approaches.
- This will allow the installation of the equipment to be optimised, so as to reduce development time and weight, as well as the impact on maintenance access time.
Novel electrical and pneumatic interconnections & Smaller equipment
- NIPSE will develop innovative solutions for electrical interconnections and pneumatic pipework, resulting in a significant reduction of space allocation for interconnections and a better compliance with hotter temperature conditions. The aim is also to improve ergonomics, reliability and maintenance requirements.
- By incorporating key functionality within the existing electrical equipment, NIPSE will also allow to reduce the overall number of equipment items to be installed and maintained, having positive effects on the volume required within the nacelle.
- The development of a novel smart nacelle opening system with integrated safety features and electronic controls will contribute to reduce parts count and allow cowls to be opened safely without additional safety struts.
More efficient heat exchangers
- By developing shaped structural heat exchangers and cooling solutions, NIPSE will allow the equipment to be installed in the hotter core zone of the aircraft nacelle.
- These novel heat reduction systems allow heat to be evacuated within a reduced space.
In addition to this, an integrative approach will be developed to make sure the developed solutions take into account:
- Potential future equipment installations elsewhere in the aircraft and in areas that were previously impossible to use
- The required maintenance activities, in order to allow easy access to key equipment
Further development and adaptation to other engine architectures
- The technologies developed within NIPSE will be further developed by the partners in R&T programmes, such as Horizon 2020, or industrial programmes, to reach a higher technology readiness level, surpassing the levels 2-5 fixed for NIPSE.
- The NIPSE solutions can also be further adapted and extended to engines based on other technologies than UHBR, especially to Open Rotor architectures, but also to small engines which have similar space and heat issues, despite being very different.