First Ground Run of Tech TP Turboprop Demonstrator
Safran Helicopter Engines has made the first ground run of its Tech TP, a turboprop technological demonstrator based on an Ardiden 3 turboshaft and developed as part of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, in the Cleansky 2 framework. The test took place at Safran Helicopter Engines' facility in Tarnos (France), on 12 June 2019. More than 20 European partners, among them the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics with two projects with 2 different projects, IPANEMA and FAST TAPS, are contributing to this technological demonstrator.
Tech TP, a turboprop technological demonstrator - picture, credits to Remy Bertrand
The Tech TP aims are to validate the technologies required to develop a new-generation turboprop, featuring a compact, lightweight architecture and offering 15% lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than current engines. Tech TP would then form the basis for developing a turboprop derivative of the Ardiden 3, ready for integrating into future aircraft designs through leveraging the skills of European partners.
Tech TP First Run Celebration, 17 October 2019 - picture, credits to Remy Bertrand
See press release on Safran website