The European airframe and automotive industries are evolving into consolidated trans-national consortia and require a trans-nationally mobile RandD workforce. These firms are also concerned by the increased drag, vibration and noise due to bodywork cavitie s. AeroTraNet aims to meet these structural and scientific needs by providing Early Stage research Training (EST) in unsteady aerodynamics, noise and control of cavity flows. The objectives are: (i) to provide trans-national doctoral training in unsteady a erodynamics with trans-national mobility, (ii) to improve the design of selected aircraft fuel vents and door seals (small cavities) and of the landing gear wells and vehicle open tops (large cavities), (iii) to enhance the breadth of methodological approa ches and research tools open to the EST trainees, (iv) to award a doctoral qualification readily expendable across the ERA, by adding a Diploma Supplement in accordance to the Bologna process, (v) to improve the participation of women in science and engine ering. These objectives are pursued by a new multi-host EST at the University of Leicester, the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, the Politecnico di Torino and the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse. Specific test cases and flow/noise improvement targets are selected in consultation with four industrial collaborators: Airbus, Alstom, Fiat and Renault. These provide EST trainees with an industrial insight through meetings and an industrial secondment programme. The flows are studied by time-depende nt CFD at Leicester, wind tunnel PIV at Turin, experimental aeroacoustics at Rome and by flow control models at Toulouse. The EST programme outcome will be a group of doctors in aeronautics who have learnt to work together in the ERA, have experience of mo bility in the ERA and are well equipped to contribute to the future of an integrated European aeronautical industry and academia. This is a tangible contribution to structuring the human resources in the ERA.
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