What is Horizon 2020?

From https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020:

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.

By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important.This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.

The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation will be complemented by further measures to complete and further develop the European Research Area. These measures will aim at breaking down barriers to create a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation.


The ADORNO project (Aircraft Design and nOise RatiNg for regiOnal aircraft)

The ADORNO project focuses on the development of aircraft models for a regional aircraft engine platform.

The main objective is to provide aircraft requirements (e.g. thrusts, offtakes, etc.) as well as trade factors for specific fuel consumption, engine drag and engine weight on fuel burn for both a year 2014 reference aircraft and a CS2 target aircraft. In addition, an aircraft noise method will be developed and integrated in an aircraft design chain.

ADORNO is an H2020 project, funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme under GA no. 821043.




The AGILE innovation project 4.0 (Aircraft 3rd Generation MDO for Innovative Collaboration of Heterogeneous Teams of Experts)

A major challenge in the transport sector is to make economic growth compatible with sustainability and environmental constraints, while remaining competitive and innovative. The development of aeronautical products is a complex multidisciplinary process with requirements and constraints on the air transport system as a whole, the aircraft, and all the individual components to be produced.

A major challenge impeding an efficient and cost-effective design processes is the integration of the various levels of the aeronautical supply chain. Therefore, the aeronautical industry needs to connect all the people, skills and technologies involved in its collaborative, multi-national and cross organizational processes, by means of a digital representation of production systems, supply chains, and seamless operations across diverse disciplines, during the entire life-cycle of the product.

The high level objective of AGILE 4.0 is to bring significant reductions in aircraft development costs and time-to-market through the implementation of an integrated cyber-physical aeronautical supply chain, thereby increasing the competitiveness of the European aircraft industry, from integrators and high-tiers suppliers to SMEs, leading to innovative and more sustainable aircraft products. AGILE 4.0 targets the digital transformation of main pillars of the aeronautical supply-chain: design, production and certification and manufacturing.

The composition of the AGILE 4.0 consortium and capabilities available enable to address realistic development scenarios integrating multiple stakeholders and covering all the aspects of the development of complex aeronautical systems. AGILE 4.0 will provide the aircraft industry with a way to model, assess, and optimize complex systems addressing the entire life cycle. The technologies developed will enable stakeholders and actors of the aeronautical supply chain to perform trade-off which have never been possible to model before.

AGILE 4.0 is a H2020 project funded, Grant agreement ID: 815122

WEBSITE: https://www.agile4.eu/

Duration: 36 MONTH


The C3HARME project (Next Generation Ceramic Composites For Combustion Harsh Environments And Space)

The main purpose of C³HARME is the design, development, manufacturing and testing of a new class of Ceramic Matrix Composites based on ultra-high temperature ceramic matrices reinforced with SiC or C fibers suitable for application in severe aerospace environments.

WEBSITE: https://c3harme.eu/

Start: 1 June 2016

Duration: 48 MONTH

Total value: 8 Million EUR


DE.V.I.L.S. : (DEvelopment of Vhbr engines Innovative Lubrication System)


DE.V.I.L.S. (DEvelopment of Vhbr engines Innovative Lubrication System) is a financed project in CleanSkyII within Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation program available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). In DE.V.I.L.S. the FPRG – Fluid Power Research Group of UniNA is involved for the studies of the entire lubrication circuit of a turbofan with particular attention to an innovative variable displacement Gerotor oil pump, using lumped parameter and three-dimensional CFD numerical approaches.


Aircraft Engines are normally assisted by a number of complementary systems that must guarantee performance throughout the whole flight envelope of the aircrafts for which they are designed. Among these systems, the Oil lubrication and the heat management systems are the most important due to their roles:

Remove heat generated in the highly loaded rolling bearings and in the gears found in the Engine power and accessory gearboxes; Lubricate bearing, accessories and the gear box. The current trend of developing fuel saving aircraft engines is paying attention on the oil lubrication system cooling requirements due to higher speeds, loads and temperatures in engines. This is even more true for Very High By-pass Engines due to the integration of high-power gearboxes (allowing high by-pass ratio) and high-power starter-generators. For this reason, Engine manufacturers are deeply looking to innovative design for oil lubrication and heat management systems implementing architectures that are able to meet the new cooling and lubricating requirements without negatively impacting the Engine weight or operational and maintenance costs.

The overall objective of project DE.V.I.L.S. Project is to research, develop and validate the robustness of a new variable oil flow approach towards the design an innovative variable flow oil pump to be integrated in a high performance aircraft lubrication systems architecture with the aim of reducing fuel and oil consumption. Besides, Objective of DE.V.I.L.S. project is as well to researching, implementing and validating smart fault detection and health monitoring algorithms to assist the system in reducing oil low flow rate needs and prognostic functions.

Duration: 40 months
Call: H2020-CS2-CFP03-2016-01
Total: 2,898,250.00€
Attachment: Benefit of Variable Flow Control (pdf)

DEVILS project: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/208056_en.html
Horizon 2020: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en


The EAGLE project (Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine)

The Engine Simulation Team - EST research group is involved, as partner, in the Eagle Project within Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

The EAGLE project (Efficient Additivated Gasoline Lean Engine) aims at improving the energy efficiency of European road transport vehicles by developing a highly efficient gasoline engine adapted for future electrified powertrains. The maximal efficiency of gasoline engines is usually lower than 40% because of various energy losses. By combining new advanced technologies, the EAGLE project is designing an innovative engine concept to reach a peak efficiency of 50%. This new concept will thus support the European automobile industry to reach the forthcoming CO2 emissions target of 50 g CO2/km while complying with standards in terms of particulates and NOx emissions. The engine efficiency will be significantly increased by the use of advanced insulating coating materials and ultra-lean mixtures (with a high excess air). However, the flame propagation being unstable in lean mixtures, the combustion process will be supported by a high cylinder charge motion, an advanced in-volume ignition system and the use of hydrogen.

Eagle project: https://h2020-eagle.eu/Index.aspx
Horizon 2020: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en


ELICA: (ELectric InnovativeCommuter Aircraft)

Funding: European (Horizon 2020)
Duration: 10/19 - 09/22

The ELICA research project activities are focused on the conceptual design of a 19 passengers commuter aircraft based on alternative propulsion concepts, targeting near-zero CO2 emissions. The project aligns with the environmental expectations of the European Commission towards the aeronautical industry formulated in Flightpath 2050, and is in line with the economic objectives of the European Commission to safeguard high-quality jobs in the aerospace sectors by strengthening the technological leadership and the competitiveness of the European’s aerospace industry.

The high-level objective of ELICA is to provide a concept design of a 19 passenger commuter aircraft with new zero-emissions with respect to CO2, NOx, and noise.

The concept should be:
environmentally friendly, i.e. with measurable reduction in estimated emission values; economically feasible, i.e. the aircraft requirements are derived from the market demands; and technologically innovative, i.e. the flexibility in the aircraft design space provided by new propulsion technologies should be explored and exploited. The final concept design will pave the way to an innovative aircraft demonstrator. It will be an important step stone to strengthen the technology leadership of the European aeronautical industry, in the global race for the next-generation efficient commuter aircraft for regional mobility.


The IRON project (Innovative turbopROp configuratioN)

Start date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Duration: 72 Months

Improvements of performances of regional aircraft in the 90 passenger segment. In the project, two different aircraft configurations will be studied: a non-conventional aircraft configuration (laminar wing and tail-mounted engines) and a conventional aircraft configuration.

The project has been funded in the frame of the second call for core partners of Clean Sky 2, IADP Regional, topic: JTI-CS2-CPW02-REG-01-03.