Airbus select HiETA for RACER programme heat exchanger

18 June 2020

HiETA announced that it has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to develop and deliver a novel next-generation heat exchanger, manufactured using Additive Manufacturing, for installation and flight testing on the RACER programme. 

A unique technology demonstrator under the European Clean Sky 2 project, RACER (rapid and cost-efficient rotorcraft) is aiming to solve the challenge of making a vehicle able to take off, hover and achieve very fast cruise speeds — a long-sought technical and commercial challenge in the aerospace industry. Key missions for this include Search and Rescue, where the ability to find and recover a casualty within the ‘golden hour’ vastly improve survival rates. Airbus Helicopters’ RACER demonstrator aims to show that its particular combination of rotor, box wings, and lateral propellers is the answer to a cost-efficient, fast flight.

HiETA has developed and matured core IP allowing the design and metal 3D printing manufacture of very high-efficiency heat exchangers. Its proven technology offers size, weight and package reductions of up to 5 times against conventional technologies, and it has proven this technology across industries such as motorsport, energy, fuel cells and automotive.