Strategy on Research and Development at CBOne 

Combustion Bay One e.U. (CBOne) is an engineering office specialised in combustion technology. It is hosted by the Science Park Graz since June 2011. The Science Park Graz is a start-up incubator for academics.

The project applicant, Fabrice Giuliani, is head of the office. He is also a former academic who habilited in 2010 on the topic “Advanced combustion management”. Combustion Bay One was thought to respond to actual needs in terms of combustion technology (Figure 1). Two thirds of the activities are dedicated to consulting activities and developing tailored solutions for the industry.

CBOne ambitions to dedicate 1/3 of the office’s workload to research and development activities. The office mainly works for the industry. Involving one third of the activity in R&D would keep the office alert in terms of innovation, as well as provide a roll-up on its palette of products and services. Of course, the R&D is a continuation of the work performed during the habilitation.

Research and development is directly inspired by the combustion used in aeronautics, which is known to be the technical edge of combustion technology. When involved in a R&D project, the methodology of CBOne follows (Figure 2): a new idea is introduced and tested until a proof of concept is established. Some proofs of concept recently published are shown in Figure 3. This is the phase where CBOne is extremely active, possibly with academic back-up from educational partner institutions. The idea should have a significant impact on fuel burn reduction and/or on pollutant emission reduction. After that, the maturation phase comes where the concept is tested in realistic conditions, pending towards a product. This phase and the next require the participation of an industrial partner to provide the technical back-up. In the third phase, the product will be designed first for atmospheric combustion processes (i.e. process industry), then it will be designed for combustion at elevated pressure and temperatures (towards industrial gas turbines). Eventually, once all certification and technical obligations are met, the technology is embedded in aeroengines.

In a memorandum to be published online in April 2012 (Figure 4), the goals set for R&D topics by CBOne for the next decade are the following:
1. Program “DirektFlug”: towards direct injection in aeroengines (for aviation)
2. Program “MethaNull”: towards zero-methane emissions and better use of low-heat contents combustibles (for process and energy industry)

Source: Combusion Bay One / April 1st 2012

Figure 1: Presentation of Combustion Bay One, and its structure

Figure 2: The Innovation Wheel at CBOne, with its academic and industrial polarities

Figure 3: Proofs of concept recently published by author and co-worker. These methods and know-how represent the commercial asset of Combustion Bay One