on 23 July 2014

PROJECT TITLE: Advanced strategic planning to develop a turbopump system for a liquid propellant rocket engine — DevPump

Coordinator: National Research and Development Institute for Gas Turbines COMOTI 


Period: 19 November 2012 – 15 August 2014

Project director: Dr. eng. Valentin Silivestru

Project team: Total Persons involved – Months: 88 

Description: DevPump aims to elaborate a logical succession of operations involved in the development of a turbopump system, covering all phases of the process, upgrading the cycle and therefore contributing to the advance in the state-of-the-art of rotating machinery, bearing and dynamic seal technology, fabrication methods, material development, using time and cost reducing computational tools, such as CFD and FEM methods, focusing on improving and optimizing the performances of the turbopump system.  The project proposal pursues the development of an advanced mechanism of strategic planning to design and manufacture a high-precision, high-reliable turbopump system for liquid propellant rocket engines. 

Project objectives:

The general objectives of the project consist in:

The list of specific objectives for DevPump result from the main technical and scientific issues and is as follows:


Contributions to the STAR programme objectives:

The new spacecraft requires a new-generation of liquid propulsion systems for launch vehicles. 

The DevPump prepares the way to produce a new turbopump for Europe’s Ariane launcher and opens the collaboration with SNECMA FRANCE, the lead engine supplier on Ariane launcher and the world’s second largest manufacturer of liquid propulsion systems for launch vehicles.

This collaboration is in line with the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS) designed to help European countries, particularly those that joined the EU after 2004 as it is the situation of Romania.

In DevPump project, a practical harmonization with international technologies and methodologies - aspect that is in accordance with the ESA strategy. Thus, for the project, in accordance with ESAs Technology programmes, a critical evaluation of international existing solutions will be realized in order to introduce an improved centrifugal flow module that can be widely used