The CENTRELINE Project aims to demonstrate the proof of concept for a ground-breaking approach to synergistic propulsion-airframe integration. The concept features a turbo-electrically driven propulsive device at the aft-fuselage that entrains and re-energises the fuselage boundary layer flow in order to directly compensate the viscous drag effects in the fuselage wake field.
Specific high-level targets:
- 11% CO2 reduction against an advanced conventional reference aircraft equipped with aerodynamic, structural, power plant and systems technologies suitable for a potential Entry Into Service (EIS) year 2035 (the “R2035”).
- 11% reduction of NOx emissions against the R2035.
- Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3-4 for the Propulsive Fuselage Concept at the end of the project.