The ESPOSA Project
ESPOSA stands for Efficient Systems and PrOpulsion for Small Aircraft
ESPOSA is a four-year European project that started in October 2011 and will be coordinated by the Czech engine and APU manufacturer PBS Velká Bíteš. The project involves 39 companies from 15 European and non-European countries.
The goal of this project is to develop and integrate novel engine components for a range of small gas turbine engines up to approx. 1000 kW and to develop new lean manufacture technologies. The project will also deal with engine related systems which will contribute to the overall propulsion unit efficiency, safety and pilot workload reduction. The new engine systems and engine technologies gained from ESPOSA should deliver 10-14% reduction in direct operating costs (DOC). The ESPOSA project plans to deliver better GTE engine affordability and reduction of direct operating costs through the development of advanced concepts for key engine components, development of lean manufacture technologies and modern engine systems improving engine overall efficiency.
Research work comprises performance improvements of key engine components, their improved manufacture in terms of costs and quality. New engine component technologies will be backed by novel modern electronic engine control based on COTS (Component off-the-shelf), pioneering the engine health monitoring for small engines and providing advanced, more electric solutions for fuel and propeller control systems. The project also addresses problematic design areas connected with turboprop/turbo shaft engine installation into airframe structure, including the use of composite materials. The work will be conducted taking into account particulars of different aircraft configurations.
SYSGO's role within the project is to port the PikeOS operating system to the EEC/FADEC platform and to provide support to the project implementation team. The PikeOS project Platform Support Package (PSP) will be developed with respect to the DO-178B certification standard.
For more information, please go to www.esposa-project.eu