The HUC project is part of the EU’s Clean Sky 2 framework, which is building the aircraft of the future
The innovation that Ceit-IK4 researchers are developing consists of using Astroloy powder (a nickel-based superalloy) and hot isostatic pressing to manufacture turbine casing for the next generation UltraFan engine. These engines operate at very high temperatures and the material that houses them must be able to tolerate those temperatures without undergoing any type of alteration.
The HUC project, part of the European Clean Sky 2 program, aims to address the technological challenge of ensuring the inalterability of the casing: obtaining the right microstructure for the powder or material used to manufacture it while producing a metallic powder that is affordable and of good quality for machining. At the end of the project, the casing will be manufactured and tested in real engines.