DRESSProject reference: 30841
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Distributed and Redundant Electro-mechanical nose wheel Steering System
The goal of this project is to research, develop and validate a distributed and redundant electrical steering system technology for an aircraft nose landing gear, that will provide improved competitiveness and improved aircraft safety by: - reduced system weight at the aircraft level, replacing the current hydraulic actuation by electrical actuation. - improved aircraft safety provided by the higher reliability, the higher levels of safety objectives with associated redundancies that will be imposed to the new system, beyond the current technology capabilities. - subsequent ability of the steering system, with its improvements on safety, to be integrated in a future fully automated aircraft ground guidance system providing the aircraft with a true all-weather (true zero visibility) capability, hence offering significant aircraft operation gains and enabling a more efficient Air Transport System. The current steering system is the weak link of the ground guidance system. DRESS is composed of four technology research work-packages (WP), two prototype manufacture and evaluation testing work-packages and one management work-package. - Specifications and assessment criteria - Research on optimised system architecture - Electro-mechanical technologies research - Components manufacture - Technology Integration - Technology evaluation DRESS will achieve this technology breakthrough, investigating in both fields of system architecture and electro-mechanical actuation, by bringing together 13 actors of the European aeronautics industry including an aircraft manufacturer (Airbus UK), a landing gear manufacturer (Messier-Dowty), two Systems and Equipment manufacturers (SAAB, Messier-Bugatti), a Research Institute (IA), five universities (INSA, UHA, UCL, UCV, BUTE), and three SMEs (TTTech, EAT, SPAB) with their own specific expertise. DRESS is a 3-year STREP led by Messier-Bugatti with an overall budget of 4M?.
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