in Space

GKN delivers advanced Ariane 6 Nozzle to Airbus Safran Launchers

Posted 20 June 2017 · Add Comment

GKN Aerospace has delivered the first advanced Ariane 6 nozzle (SWAN) to Airbus Safran Launchers in France for the Vulcain 2.1 engine.


 
Above:
The Ariane 6 Nozzle.
Courtesy GKN


The new state of the art nozzle, which measures 2.5m in diameter  incorporates innovative technologies with higher performance, lower lead times and substantial  cost reduction.

Large scale use of laser welding and laser metal deposition (additive manufacturing) for key structural features resulted in 90% reduction of component parts, taking it down from approximately 1000 parts to 100 parts.

A demonstrator nozzle has already been successfully trialled in a full scale engine nozzle test as part of the European Space Agency’s Ariane  Research and Technology Accompaniment (ARTA) Program. Now the flight configuration nozzle will be mounted in France to the Vulcain 2.1 engine for a test in Germany.

The Ariane 6 is scheduled to enter service in 2020. Airbus Safran Launchers is the prime contractor and GKN’s customer in this development programme funded by the European Space Agency (ESA).
 
GKN Aerospace will manufacture the nozzle in a new highly automated manufacturing center in its facility in Trollhättan, Sweden, which is scheduled to open in 2018.

In total GKN Aerospace will provide five complex sub-systems for each Ariane 6 rocket, including four turbine assemblies for the two engines, generating power for the hydrogen and oxygen fuel systems.
 
Sebastien Aknouche General Manager Space, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems said: “We are proud to be part of the Ariane 6 team. The advanced nozzle manufactured with breakthrough technologies is a true innovation. With the support of the Swedish National Space Board we participated in the initial engine demonstrator programs. This allowed us to work with our customer to prove the great added value that innovative technologies like additive manufacturing have for the design and production processes in the space and aerospace industry.”
 
GKN Aerospace’s space business unit, in Trollhättan, Sweden, has been active in the Ariane programme from its inception in 1974 and has made over 1,000 combustion chambers and nozzles as well as over 250 turbines for the Ariane rocket to date.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

ADS encourages partnership with industry to enhance national security

ADS, the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors - with over 1,000 member businesses - said today that the Government should work more collaboratively with industry to deliver

Airbus encourages NI SMEs to look to Space

Airbus Defence and Space in partnership with Digital Catapult NI, Invest Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Space Office launches a new space challenge to encourage Northern Ireland small and medium-sized enterprises and

Kelvin Hughes to supply INBS to RNZN

Kelvin Hughes has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply the Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) for The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel.

Aerothermal delivers first of its kind oven to aerospace supplier

Aerothermal has designed, manufactured, delivered and installed a new, state-of-the-art eight metre oven to a global aerospace supplier, the first of its type in the world.

Appsecco enters training partnership with DevSecCon

Specialist application security company Appsecco, has announced that it is launching a training partnership with DevSecCon, a global platform for security experts, software developers and DevOps practitioners, to showcase their

Luton Airport has its busiest ever summer

A total of 1.6 million passengers flew through London Luton Airport (LLA) in August, a 6.8% rise compared with August 2016 and the 41st consecutive month of growth for LLA.

SMI FAV0409161017
See us at
SMI MilSat BT2907101117SMI FAV BT1007161117SMI12DE BT203280917Advanced Engineering BT1007021117SMI AirMissBT0305251017SMIUAV BT1005280917Aviation Africa BT18418