VKI is part of the EU Nathena Project
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NATHENA project is focused on the development of a new kind of heat exchanger for civil aircraft using additive manufacturing.
With a strong partnership including AddUp Solutions for the development of the additive process, Sogeclair Aerospace for the mechanical conception and Temisth for the heat exchanger design, the von Karman Institute is involved in the experimental characterization.
NATHENA project ambitions to create two optimized heat exchangers by increasing their compactness, their performances and robustness. Additive manufacturing give us the possibility to reduce the number of part to be welded or brazed and give a special global shape of the component to fit to the aircraft as well as possible.
Different test-benches are developed at the VKI to determine the aerothermal performance of the optimized compact heat exchangers.
Liebherr Aerospace, topic manager of this project, support us for the conception. This project founded by European Union (Clean Sky 2) at the level of 1.5M€ will last 4 years. It will lead to a proof of concept of a scale 1 heat exchanger tested with laboratory conditions.
For more information, please, see the link below: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/213938_en.html
Coordinator and Project Leader
Institut von Karman (IVKDF)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement no. 785520