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ADELINE Report Summary

Project ID: 516165
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE
Country: France

Final Report Summary - ADELINE (Advanced air-data equipment for airliners)

The main targets of the 'Advanced air-data equipment for airliners' (ADELINE) project were:
- to reduce present equipment costs by 50% including purchasing and exploitation costs,
- to increase aircraft's safety by drastically reducing air data system failure.

The means to achieve these targets are to develop simpler, more reliable and safer equipments than that of the American systems that dominate the market.

Then the objectives of ADELINE were:
Identification of innovative air data system architectures.
Development of innovative measuring concepts to acquire all information with only two different types of probes instead of three for competitors' solutions.
Development of breakthrough technologies:
- New probe material and associated nanomaterial coating in order to reduce abrasion and ice adherence.
- Innovative self regulated anti-icing technology based on the use of positive temperature coefficient (PTC) ceramics.
- New packaging technologies for MEMS pressure sensor to allow the integration of the sensor within the probe.
- Development of a self-test for pressure sensor.

The project was structured into the following work packages (WP) in order to allow:
- the definition of the system architecture
- the development of innovative principles and technologies
- the development and the flight tests of two different functional mock-ups.

The work packages were allocated as follows:
WP 1000: Architecture analysis
The architecture analysis of existing air data systems is based on Thales Avionics and aircraft manufacturers' expertise in this domain. The objective was to identify innovative architectures and to establish the specification of the new system.
This work package was composed of the following sub tasks:
WP 1100: Existing architecture synthesis; it was completed by the deliverable D1
WP 1200: Architecture optimisation analysis; it was completed by the deliverable D2
WP 1300: New equipment specifications; it was completed by the deliverables D4 and D5

WP 2000: Innovative concept identification
THAV together with the technological experts (TUB, RWTH, ATCT, Cti) identify the drawbacks of existing probes and define the innovative concepts. The technological bricks needed for the new concepts are identified by:
- TUB for the MEMS pressure sensor packaging
- Cti and RWTH for the new probe materials, coating and simulations
- ATCT for the new PTC self-Regulated de-icing technique
This work package was composed of the following sub tasks:
WP 2100: Technology state of the art; it was completed by the deliverable D3
WP 2200: Research of new measurement principles; it was completed by the deliverable D8
WP 2300: Research of new material and coating; it was completed by the deliverables D9 and D10
WP 2400: Research of new de-icing techniques; it was completed by the deliverable D11
WP 2500: Research of new packaging for pressure sensor; it was completed by the deliverable D12
WP 2600: Identification of bricks to be developed; it was completed by the deliverable D13

WP 3000: Technical bricks development
THAV, TUB, ATCT, Cti and RWTH have developed the identified technological bricks. A first assembly of all the bricks led to preliminary mock-ups. VZLU and CU performed the mock-ups tests in dry and icing wind tunnel.

This work package was composed of the following sub tasks:
WP 3100: Development and test of new principles; it was completed by the deliverables D16 and D17
WP 3200: Development and test of new materials and coating; it was completed by the deliverables D18 and D19
WP 3300: Development and test of new de-icing techniques; it was completed by the deliverable D20
WP 3400: Development and test of new packaging for pressure sensors; it was completed by the deliverable D21
WP 3500: Technical bricks assembly and evaluation; it was completed by the deliverables D24 and D25

WP 4000: Functional mock-up
The manufacturing of functional mock-ups was carried out by Thales with the participation of TUB for the sensor packaging manufacturing, Cti for the casting parts manufacturing, RWTH for the coating deposition and ATCT for the heater manufacturing. VZLU and CU tested the mock-ups in dry and icing wind tunnel. CNRM carried out the flight test.
This work package was composed of the following sub tasks:
WP 4100: Functional mock-up development and fabrication; it was completed by the deliverables D26 and D29
WP 4200: Functional mock-up ground Test; it was completed by the deliverables D30 and D31
WP 4300: Functional mock-up flight tests; it was completed by the deliverables D34 and D35

WP 5000: Management
THAV has managed the project. All partners have carried out the dissemination activities and the exploitation plans. Annual reviews with the EC have reported on the feasibility of the technical and economical objectives.
This work package was composed of the following sub tasks:
WP5100: Consortium & WP management; it was completed by the deliverables D7, D14, D22, D23, D27, D28, D32, D37, and D38
WP 5200: Dissemination & exploitation plans; it was completed by the deliverables D6, D15, D33 and D36.

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THALES AVIONICS SA
NEUILLY SUR SEINE
France
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