2nd General Assembly Meeting: Unveiling progress and future plans

Online meeting

We are thrilled to share the latest highlights from the recently concluded 2nd general assembly online meeting of the MINIMAL project. Carlos Xisto from Chalmers University, the project coordinator, kicked off the session with a warm welcome to all partners and an insightful introduction.


Work Package Presentations: Unveiling Progress and Plans

The meeting featured detailed presentations on different work packages, providing a comprehensive overview of ongoing activities and plans.

WP1: Climate Impact – Feija Yin (TU Delft)

Julia Schaumeier from BHL and Feijia Yin from TUD shared fascinating insights into the current tasks, shedding light on how COVID-19 will impact the aviation landscape in Europe. The discussion highlighted a potential 10-year lag in projected demands, sparking engaging conversations on the evolving dynamics of demand trends and fleet modelling.


WP2: NOx Reduction with Free-Piston Hydrogen HCCI – Andrew Rolt (CU)

Andrew Rolt from CU outlined the goals of WP2, emphasizing the project’s dedication to advancing hydrogen combustion technology. His presentation unveiled ongoing conceptual design studies, collaborative efforts, and engagements with preferred suppliers, promising exciting developments in reducing emissions.


WP3: Thermal Management – Isak Jonsson (Chalmers)

Isak Jonsson from Chalmers elucidated the intricacies of thermal management, emphasizing the compilation of requirements and system modelling. The progress in establishing HEX concepts, Piston cooling concepts and conceptualizing experimental approaches for Integrated Cooling Concepts (ICC) were discussed in detail.


WP4: Integration and Whole Engine Minimum Climate Impact Design Studies – Markus Nickl (BHL)

Markus Nickl from BHL shared the ambitious goals of WP4, showcasing the integration of pre-design processes, emissions assessment, and design optimization. Furthermore, he defined scenarios and assumptions for aircraft technology, created models for standard aircraft, and confirmed that advanced Next Generation Geared Turbofan Engines will be the focus for TRL6 variants in the year 2035, aiming for their introduction in 2045.


WP5: Dissemination, Exploitation, Communication – Anders Lundbladh (GKN) Anna Yenokyan (ARTTIC)

Anna Yenokyan from ARTTIC and Anders Lundbladh from GKN introduced MINIMAL‘s visual identity. They highlighted the project’s vibrant presence on social media platforms and a user-friendly website.


WP6: Project Management – Anna Yenokyan (ARTTIC)

Anna Yenokyan provided an insider’s view of the project’s collaborative workspace, providing insights into the project’s management guidelines and the MINIMAL organigram. The project roadmap, upcoming events, and the anticipation of the first intermediate report in March 2023 added a sense of excitement to the discussion.


Stay tuned for more updates as the MINIMAL project continues to make strides toward innovative and sustainable aviation technologies!