GKN Aerospace and KTH are jointly developing fan technology for electric aircraft in EleFanT project.
GKN Aerospace and KTH, the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, will collaborate to develop fan technology for smaller regional aircraft. The project will study aerodynamic design, performance, noise and manufacturing technology for a nested fan powered by electricity from batteries, hydrogen fuel cells or conventional hybrid propulsion solutions.
The proposed solution with a nested fan instead of a conventional propeller offers advantages in safety, noise level and engine installation. By demonstrating fan technology for electric aviation, the EleFanT project aims to accelerate the pace of electric aviation development and position the participants for international aero-engine and aircraft development projects.
"We are very positive about this initiative, which helps us to become part of the solution to aviation's climate challenge. We will benefit greatly from GKN Aerospace and KTH's long experience in turbomachines, lightweight construction and advanced manufacturing technology. From an electrification and sustainability perspective the project is strongly aligned with our recently announced H2GEAR and H2JET programmes," says Henrik Runnemalm, vice president GKN Aerospace global technology centre in Trollhattan, Sweden.
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