Turbomachinery manufacturer Turbotech is implementing simulation solutions by US-based company ANSYS to develop the next generation of engines.

Using ANSYS’ technologies, Turbotech is building an energy storage system that can power the future hybrid-electric aircraft.

ANSYS aerospace and defence industry director Paolo Colombo said: “The global microturbines market is projected to reach $420m by 2025. Turbotech’s vision for the future of hybrid-electric propulsion systems will transform that market and disrupt the aerospace industry.

“As part of the ANSYS Startup Program, Turbotech will deliver the next-generation of engines with less noise, lower environmental impact and greater flight endurance.”

As a partner in the ANSYS Startup Program, Turbotech has access to the company’s complete multiphysics simulations solutions portfolio.

Turbotech is also making use of ANSYS fluids solutions for regenerative cycle turbogenerators development.

This turbomachinery will be based on small turbines with ability to recover energy from exhaust gases, thereby reducing fuel burn.

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The concept of in-flight recharging of batteries will allow the turbogenerators to improve the electric aircraft’s endurance.

The turbogenerators will also be capable of generating electricity from bio-fuel, bio-gas, hydrogen and conventional fuels.

Turbotech CEO Damien Fauvet said: “Developing a turbine is a very complex and iterative process. ANSYS simulation solutions enable us to solve complex calculations for turbines and compressors, replace physical prototypes with virtual prototypes and enhance design exploration.

“By 2020, our patented technology will have initiated a revolution in aeronautical propulsion, targeting new markets and opportunities for electrification and autonomy.”