SPEC: Research Advancing the More Electric Aircraft
What is SPEC, and what does it aim to achieve?
Developing solutions for quieter aircraft
For several decades now, noise standards in aeronautics have been becoming increasingly stringent, primarily reflecting environmental and quality of life related imperatives: aircraft noise is harmful to local residents, ground staff and passengers. To get a head start on the ACARE1 targets (a 50% reduction in perceived noise by 2020) and the standards set by the ICAO2, Safran companies are working together to improve the acoustic performance of their equipment.
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 No. 3 in patent filings according to INPI rankings
Safran has maintained its "Top 3" ranking for the number of patents filed in France; what does this mean for the Group?
Participative innovation by Safran
How is the participative innovation approach deployed at Safran?
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.
Safran and Valeo: a partnership for innovation
What prompted Safran and Valeo to cooperate, and where are they going from here?