This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint. Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 785446.

BBT project Innovation manager

Asier Urresti (GMTK), Innovation Manager of BBT, explains what it means for his company to participate in a project like BBT; how the collaboration with Tekniker is working in the CleanSky2 environment and what they expect from the market after their participation in a European project of these characteristics.

BBT project researcher

Asier Cuevas, Researcher at Tekniker, talks about the technological challenge of working with CleanSky2; the main difficulties in the manufacturing of the boring bar, as well as the experience of working together with GMTK and GKN in this European project: BBT Project.

Oscar Gonzalo (Project Coordinator). Researcher Mechanical Engineering unit.

Interview width Oscar Gonzalo (Project Coordinator). Researcher Mechanical Engineering unit.

Why is the participation in a European Project like BBT interesting to Tekniker, a research Centre?

This kind of projects allow Tekniker to increase the knowledge in certain scientific and technical field, advancing in developments to fulfil the market needs and requirements, towards marketable products and services. In the same way, these kind of projects allow the collaboration with companies all around Europe to create further business opportunities, increasing the possibilities to participate in new R&D projects.

How is the experience of working with industrial partners, GMTK and GKN, in a cleansky environment?

The Project has been satisfactory because the objectives are well defined, and the doubts have been solved thanks to the good communication between partners. GMTK is a regular collaborator for TEKNIKER, with several common projects and smooth collaborative work. Regarding GKN, the aptitude has been superb for the definition of the work and to adapt the developments to the real needs.

Now that climate change issue is so present to society, are these projects an added value to contribute to the environmental goals for industry pointed by ACARE 2020 – Advisory council for aeronautics research in Europe ?

Usually, the impact of the projects in the environment is no straightforward, being the results far from having a direct measurable effect. However, the improvement in the manufacturing processes and the new aircraft engines design can contribute significantly to the environmental impact in the mid-term. Moreover, the environmental impact is also present during the project development, in order to improve the current situation or at least not aggravating it.

Entrevista con Oscar Gonzalo (Coordinador del proyecto) – Unidad Ingeniería Mecánica

¿Por qué a una empresa como Tekniker le interesa participar en proyectos europeos como BBT Project? 

Es una forma de ampliar nuestro conocimiento en determinados campos científico-tecnológicos y nos permite avanzar en determinados desarrollos que los aproximan a las necesidades del mercado, acercándolo a producto y servicios comercializables. Así mismo, también nos permite establecer conexiones con empresas fuera de nuestro entorno que crean oportunidades de negocio, y aumentan las posibilidades de participar en nuevos proyectos de I+D+i en colaboración.

¿Cómo está resultando la experiencia de trabajar junto con GMTK y GKN en el entorno de CleanSky?

Este proyecto ha resultado muy satisfactorio porque había un objetivo claro desde el principio y las dudas existentes se han solucionado con una comunicación fluida entre los participantes. GMTK es un colaborador habitual, los proyectos conjuntos son muy comunes y el trabajo se realiza de forma fluida. Y en cuanto a GKN, la disposición ha sido inmejorable para definir el trabajo y poder ajustar el desarrollo a las necesidades reales.

En una época en la que todo lo relacionado con el cambio climático está tan presente en nuestro día a día, ¿aporta “algo más” participar en proyectos en los que se trabaja para mejorar el medio ambiente y contribuir a lograr las metas que se están imponiendo en estas materias a nivel mundial?

Muchas veces el impacto de los proyectos en los aspectos medioambientales no es directo, estando el resultado lejos de tener un efecto medible en este aspecto. Sin embargo, las mejoras que se producen en los procesos de fabricación de componentes y en los nuevos diseños de motores de avión pueden contribuir de forma significativa a reducir el impacto ambiental a medio plazo. En este sentido, las consecuencias medioambientales también están presentes en el desarrollo de los proyectos, bien para producir mejoras o para no empeorar el impacto de las tecnologías actuales.

The final review meeting of BBT Project

The final review meeting of BBT Project took place yesterday at Cleansky offices.

Two years working together with a great team!!

BBT Project final review meeting

BBT Project took off on January 1, 2018, Thanks to Leif Andersen, from GKN Aerospace Norway AS for an excellent meeiting hosting.

Now, almost two years later, the consortium is prepararing the final review meeting that will take place next December the 11th at Cleansky´s offices in Brussels.

It has been a great pleasure to work with such a team!!

BBT boring bar assembly and the integration in de GMTK HR machine tool

The project partners have already assembled the prototype of the boring bar and have performed the integration in the GMTK horizontal machining centre.

The system is ready to perform machining tests of bottle bore in slender workpieces, including the advanced subsystems developed in the project aiming to control and monitor the machining process for improved performance.

BBT was presented during the last#EMOhannover

We could show BBT objectives and industrial benefits to a large audience from all over the world.
Thanks GMTK for the logistics!

BBT Project will be present at the forthcoming #EMOHannover 

BBT Project will be present at the forthcoming #EMOHannover which will take place from 16 to 21 September.

Project objectives and updated achieved results can be known visiting GMTK stand Hall 26, Stand E03.

Project members of GMTK and IK4 Research Alliance will be presenting BBT.

New production concepts for the aeronautical business

The aeronautical sector is facing the challenge of delivering smart, ecological and integrated transport. In order to achieve this goal, it is essential to develop innovative technologies that can reduce the sector’s environmental impact and achieve goals related to cutting down CO2 and NOx emissions by 75% and 90%, respectively and noise levels by 65%. Component manufacturers, therefore, need solutions to produce more efficient aviation engines for the aircraft of the future. Consequently, it will be necessary to develop new jet engine architectures to improve efficiency. This will require significant changes in terms of engine configuration and operation in relation to the technologies currently in use.

New production concepts

One of the main changes is to increase the size of the engine fan relative to the engine core dimensions. This will give rise to new requirements with regard to the turbine shaft. These aspects will result in new needs as regards the shaft itself and pose new challenges for the existing manufacturing technologies, especially for the internal geometry of the shaft. It is in this scenario that an initiative is being coordinated by the IK4-TEKNIKER technology centre together with a company called GMTK specialised in manufacturing very large machine tools. Both organisations have cooperated to develop an innovative smart tool system to machine future engine shafts in which a high length-diameter ratio adds complexity to the manufacturing process.