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With the financial support of the CDTI through CENIT grants

ITP has contributed 10.5 million euros to the OPENAER environmental project

Industria de Turbopropulsores, S. A. (ITP), in conjunction with the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), has carried out the final checks on OPENAER ("New Engine and Aircraft Settings for the Future Air Transport System"), This is a multidisciplinary R&D project that the company has led and to which it has contributed 10.5 million euros.

The project had the financial support of the Ministry for Science and Innovation through the CDTI and in the form of CENIT grants, with participation from ten different companies: CT Ingenieros, DANOBAT, ENDESA GENERACIÓN, ITP, LAIP, LEALDE, MITSUBISHI, NOVALTI, SENER y WEC. Also taking part were fifteen Research Organisations, public and private, from six Autonomous Regions, with the Centre for Aeronautic Technologies playing a major role. The project took place over the period 2007-2011, with total investments amounting to 17.5 million euros.

The objective of the project was to develop technologies aimed at responding to the environmental challenges posed for the next of aircraft, which it hoped can be met using new 'open rotor' type engine architectures. These architectures represent the engine manufacturers' future solution to achieving the objectives set by ACARE for 2020: a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions, 80% for NOx and cutting perceived noise by half.

Through this project, ITP has continued with the development of its technological capacities in areas such as aero-acoustics, aerodynamics, methods and tools for simulation, machining and manufacturing technologies and materials technologies.

It has also led to the development of different technologies for the other participants, most of whom play a part in ITP's supply chain. These include advanced machining, the simulation and adaptive control of joining technologies, the application of laser technologies in the manufacture of turbomachinery parts, the development of expert design modules for manufacturing, technologies for the control and refrigeration of turbomachinery, new CO2 capture cycles in industrial turbines and several others.

The application of all these technologies to the design and manufacture of the modules developed by ITP in the new engines is already showing major benefits, leading to lighter, more efficient components that contribute to reducing weight, noise and fuel consumption.

Note to the editor

ITP Aero is currently the ninth largest aircraft engine and components company in the world by revenue. Ranking among the top one hundred companies in the aerospace industry (Top 100 Aerospace Companies, PwC and Flight International). The company employs over 3,500 people at its production centres in Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States, Malta and India.

ITP Aero includes among its activities the design, research and development, manufacturing and casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical modules and engines. It also provides MRO services for a wide range of engines for regional airlines, business aviation, helicopters, industrial and defense applications. ITP Aero operates as a corporate entity within the Rolls-Royce group.

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