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The open rotor, the engine of tomorrow on the test bench

The "open rotor" is a future-generation aircraft engine developed by Safran. It leverages its revolutionary architecture to deliver ACARE1 fuel-consumption and CO2 emission goals, and is making progress fast.

The Safran unified range of electrical products

What exactly is Labinal Power Systems?
Alain Sauret : Labinal Power Systems consolidates the activities of six Group industrial entities in the field of aircraft power systems. It will position Safran as a world leader in electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) and power systems for the "more electric" aircraft, in particular. The new company has over 12,000 employees at 45 offices and facilities in 12 countries.

Additive manufacturing: the future is here

At Safran, 3D printing is very much part of the here and now. It has been used in the development of several Snecma engine parts, especially the Silvercrest which will power Dassault's Falcon 5X, and components of the Vinci Space engine. 3D printing is used to manufacture a part from a 3D model made using computer-aided design (CAD). The raw material, usually a metal powder, is applied to a work surface in thicknesses between 20 and 100 microns. The powder is applied in very precise layers by a laser, and thus the part is formed.

Safran "Innovation & Talent" Conferences set to take the Paris Air Show 2013 by storm

The "Innovation & Talent" conferences take you to the innovative heart of Safran corporate culture. Join in a live discussion between a journalist and several Safran engineers as they talk about their areas of expertise, including the more electric aircraft, new materials, and border security.

Four main themes

Commercial aircraft engines use innovative materials

A year ago, Herakles (Safran) achieved a world first in commercial aircraft design when it developed an engine fitted with an exit cone made from ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), new variants of thermostructural composites. The intrinsic properties of CMCs make them the perfect match for this type of part subjected to the engine's heat, as they withstand temperatures from 1,000 to 1,500 °C. CMCs are set to replace the metal parts currently in use, since they are between 30 and 50% lighter.

Nacelles with plenty of panache

How we reduce the weight of nacelles when they are being made lighter and lighter all of the time with the use of composite materials? This was the question Aircelle (Safran) faced when it came to designing and developing a revolutionary a single-piece "O-duct" type composite nacelle. Nexcelle, a joint venture between Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems (GE Aviation), was able to validate its technical maturity and visibility with its Panache* demonstrator. A world first!

Innovative architecture

Safran podcasts contribution to more electric aircraft

The more electric aircraft was one of the headline topics at the 50th Paris Air Show, held on June 17-21 2013. And what better place for Safran, a firm believer in aircraft electrification, to unveil its egts* electric green taxiing system, developed jointly with Honeywell, in an exclusive world first. The egts uses an electric engine between the main wheels – which prevents the airplane to use its main engines – to move aircraft on airport taxiways. This means substantial fuel savings and lower CO2 emissions.

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