Turbomachinery and propulsion systems for tomorrow's aircraft and rocket engines.
Protecting our environment, a top priority
Reducing the environmental footprint of air transport is a major challenge for Safran. Our objectives are aligned with those defined by ACARE (Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe). Comprising government, European Commission and industry representatives, this organization has set the following goals for 2050
- 75% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions ;
- 90% reduction in oxides of nitrogen (NOx) ;
- 65% decrease in perceived noise.
The new LEAP turbofan, successor to the CFM56, the best selling engine in the history of civil aviation, features an array of advanced technologies: lightweight composite fan, high-efficiency low-pressure turbine and more. It will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15% versus today's engines. The LEAP has already been chosen by Airbus for the A320neo, Boeing for the 737 MAX and Comac for the C919, with service entry planned in 2016.
We are also hard at work on new rocket engines, the key to a new generation of propulsion systems that offer higher performance, less complexity and greater cost-competitiveness.
Safran teams are exploring several promising paths to come up with more efficient, more ecological propulsion systems. Our current focus is on several breakthrough technologies:
- Open rotor engines, with an innovative layout and advanced technologies, most notably counter-rotating fans.
- Hybrid helicopter powerplants, combining an electric motor and a conventional turboshaft engine.
- Electrical systems that will replace the currently used hydraulic and pneumatic systems on aircraft.
Designing these breakthrough engines is a real tour de force. Engineers have to reconcile a number of complex requirements, and the optimum tradeoff can only be found when viewing the aircraft as an integrated whole. Safran therefore focuses on collaborative innovation to meet this goal. We are involved in a number of major research programs, and we team up with many industry counterparts, especially aircraft manufacturers.