Electrification and Sustainability

FADEC Alliance to Provide Electronic Control System for Sustainable Engine Demo

By Jessica Reed | December 19, 2022
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FADEC Alliance will be developing the electronic control system for CFM’s demonstrator engine. Development work will occur at BAE Systems’ site in Endicott, New York, and Safran’s site in Massy, France. (Photo: CFM International)

FADEC Alliance, a joint venture that includes GE Aerospace, BAE Systems, and Safran Electronics & Defense, recently announced that it will develop the electronic control system for CFM International’s demonstrator engine. The project is part of CFM’s Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines (RISE) demonstrator program. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE Aerospace. 

Experts from GE, BAE Systems, and Safran will work to develop the architecture of the electronic control system as well as requirements for the demonstrator. The participants in FADEC Alliance will also develop multiple subsystems. They will initially work on the development of an expanded control system to enable new interfaces associated with an open fan design. In the second phase, FADEC Alliance seeks to address some of the most important aspects of the advanced systems that will go into the demonstrator engine.

The RISE program is designed to accelerate the maturation of new technologies that are needed for a potential next-generation engine, which CFM is expecting to launch by the middle of the 2030s. The program centers around advanced technologies such as hydrogen propulsion, hybrid-electric capabilities, electrified engine accessories, and open fan architecture.

Steven McCullough, the CEO of FADEC Alliance, commented on the announcement, saying, “We are excited to work with our industry partners on the CFM RISE program and help introduce innovative technologies to set a new bar for future aircraft engine performance and create a more sustainable form of aviation.”

FADEC International focuses on the design and production of Full Authority Digital Engine Controls for engines that power commercial aircraft. The alliance, a joint venture between GE Aerospace and FADEC International, is nearly four years into a 25-year agreement with Lufthansa Technik. As part of the deal, FADEC Alliance supplies engine controls for CFM’s LEAP engines used in the Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus A320neo, and some Comac 919 airplanes.

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