German aviation research program (LuFo)
We are one of the leading industrial partners in the German aviation research program (LuFo) launched by the German government. We focus on the high-pressure compressors and low-pressure turbines to further improve their efficiency. LuFo funding has already played a major role in the development of GTF technologies and in the optimization of blisk manufacturing techniques.
Technology development for the German Federal Ministry of Defence
MTU is a reliable, long-standing research partner to the German Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg). The current focus of our technology development on behalf of the BMVg is for Europe’s Next-Generation Fighter jet. MTU is concentrating its development work on new technologies for the low-pressure and high-pressure compressor and the low-pressure turbine that will form part of the new jet engine. Moreover, we will further strengthen our expertise in systems design.
With more than 600 partners, Clean Sky is the largest European aviation research program. As part of Clean Sky 1, MTU was responsible for an engine demonstrator and, together with partners, successfully enhanced the geared turbofan. As one of 16 lead companies (OEMs) participating in Clean Sky 2, we are working on two demonstrators for developing and testing new compressor and turbine technologies for the next GTF generation.
As part of the ENOVAL (ENgine mOdule VALidators) project, 35 European partners from industry, research and academia developed new technologies for low-pressure components for medium-sized, large and very large turbofans with GTF technology. With considerable success: CO2 and noise emissions can be significantly reduced. The key to this development are higher bypass ratios and a higher overall pressure ratio. MTU focused on the integration and optimization of the expansion system, which consists of the turbine center frame, low-pressure turbine and turbine exit case.