“The contract means that we can retain and enhance our expertise and technology within our specialty area nozzles”, says Torgny Stenholm, Vice President Space Market and Program at Volvo Aero.
Volvo’s laser-welded Sandwich technology is the result of work that was initiated to meet the commercial demand for actively cooled nozzle walls. A large number of production demonstrations have been produced, and the technology was tested in subscale engine tests in 1998 and 2002. The program will be conducted in cooperation with Volvo Aero’s partners Snecma and EADS ST, who have worked with Volvo Aero for many years in the development and manufacture of engines for the European Ariane rockets.
One of the areas in which Volvo Aero has specialized is the development and manufacture of nozzles for rocket engines. Experience from all versions of the Viking and Vulcain engine has enabled Volvo Aero to become a European Center of Excellence for metal nozzles.