Friday, April 19, 2024

Bombardier’s EcoJet project aims to reduce aircraft emissions by up to 50%

Green aviation is about improving aircraft fuel efficiency, developing the next generation of efficient air traffic control, and developing new technologies and systems engineering processes to reach carbon-neutral air transportation.

Global aviation company Bombardier focuses on designing, manufacturing, and servicing the world’s most exceptional business jets.

Bombardier has created the EcoJet research project to develop and mature powerful technologies to leverage in future projects as part of its strong commitment to a sustainable future for commercial aviation.

After many years of research, the company successfully completed its first phase of testing with a small-scale model of a blended-wing-body aircraft, representing approximately 7% of a large business jet.

This research and technology, through a combination of aerodynamic and propulsion enhancements, the project aims to reduce aircraft emissions by up to 50%.

Bombardier’s team has reported positive results during the design optimization loop and initial flight test campaign of a small-scale model of a blended-wing-body aircraft. It includes the deployment of a next-generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, confirmation of a sixth-generation transonic wing modeling capability, and demonstration of a new aircraft control architecture.

“Bombardier has taken a leadership position in the industry’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, and the EcoJet research project is paramount to developing the technologies that will bring us toward the goal of net zero emissions by 2050,” said Stephen McCullough, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Product Development. “We are very pleased to see the highly engaging results yielded so far and to continue our trailblazing work as we kick off the next phase of this game-changing research project. The EcoJet research project has garnered a high level of interest across the industry, and we are looking forward to mobilizing partners as we continue to define the future of business aviation.”

The company is now building on the significant knowledge gained to participate in the second phase of testing with a model twice as large and which completed its first flight last year to pave the way for this next test campaign.

This research will not only help in reducing pollution, but Ecojet research will also pave the way for a greener future. Integrating this technology with large business and commercial jets will be of great help to the aviation industry.