CAV Ice Protection has received £1.7M towards the development of new aircraft inlet technology as a part of a project led by Boeing UK Ltd.
Funded by Innovate UK, Future Nacelle – Very Short Composite Lipskin, aims to integrate non-traditional nacelle anti-icing and erosion protection technology to enable the manufacture of a composite engine inlet assembly.
The £6.4M project, which also includes alloy manufacturers Doncaster Bramah Ltd, is a part of the UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme (UKART); a £3.9 billion joint initiative that combines government and industry investment to maintain and grow the UK’s competitive position in civil aerospace.
The manufacture of a composite inlet assembly, whilst improving acoustic attenuation, will benefit aircraft performance through reduced drag.
CAV Project Manager, Paul Darby, said: “CAV has been innovating aircraft technologies for more than 77 years. UKART is an opportunity for us to combine this knowledge with other aviation innovators to create the next generation of aircraft design, system integration and efficiency.
The UK houses some of the world’s most prolific aerospace companies and working together helps us to further strengthen the UK aerospace industry’s position in the market.”
The two-year project began in May 2019 and will create four new roles within the CAV engineering team.