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SAFUEL Final Public Technical report

The SAFUEL Project terminated on 29th February 2016.

The Final Public Technical is avalaible for download in Publications - Download Section

Location: Bristol, United Kingdom


The FP7 Project SAFUEL (The Safer Fuel System) is organising its second public forum to share and discuss project results and achievements in the domain of innovative solutions for aircraft fuel systems.


Multifunctional Luminescent Platforms for Dual-sensing

Thermometry at the Nanoscale: Techniques and Selected Applications Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, pp 493-507

Enhancing the sensitivity of poly(methyl methacrylate) based optical fiber Bragg grating temperature sensors


Polymer optical fiber grating as water activity sensor


SAFUEL - The SAfer FUEL system

The Safer Fuel System

Thanks to the effective contribution of the safe fuel system, air travel is today the safest form of transport worldwide. However, safety can never be taken for granted. Constant effort is therefore needed to maintain the highest safety level, taking into account the global air transport industry and its changing operational context (i.e. new technologies, flight conditions evolution and climate changes). 



FP7SAFUEL is supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

With a project budget of 7.4 M €, the project is implemented during 3 years (2012-2015). SAFUEL brings together a consortium of best-of-breed experts from academia and industry - from components to airframer.


SAFUEL Objectives

Addressing air transport constraints and answering needs for a European-led research and technological development in FS safety, the overall objective of the SAFUEL project is to develop, test and validate the Safer Fuel System of the future.

Fully compliant with safety requirements, this Safer Fuel System will be able to deal with more extreme temperatures, stronger temperature gradients, higher humidity and more frequent exposure to lightning, due to:

- Future flight conditions

Flight conditions will evolve, for example due to the opening of new routes at higher altitude or crossing the Arctic. Also, during landing and take-off, faster climbing and approaches will be required to assure fast and efficient flights

- More exposure to hazardous weather conditions

- Emerging technologies

New, emerging technologies such as the Composite aircraft, the More Electric Aircraft and alternative fuels. 


Key Milestones

Within the SAFUEL project, work is organised to successfully progress through key milestones:Test Bench

  •  A new FS design meeting the severe safety constraints of Composite and More-Electric aircraft
  •  Highly innovative technologies for gauging, fuel circulation and inerting systems
  • The necessary data to support authorities in the release of rules and regulations for safe flight in icing conditions


ZODIAC AEROTECHNICSAIRBUSARTTICAston UniversityItalian National Research CouncilCranfield UniversityInstituto Superior TécnicoNEDAERONLRHamburg University of Technology (TUHH)TELEMAQUniversity of Naples ParthenopeUNIVERSITE DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LILLE I
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