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Smart High Lift Devices for Next Generation Wings

Objective

All aerodynamic concepts for significant reduction of drag such as laminarisation require slim high-aspect-ratio wings. However, state-of-the-art high lift systems will suffer from the reduced construction space and do not cope with the required surface quality. Thus, SADE (Smart High Lift Devices for Next Generation Wings) develops suitable 'morphing' high lift devices: The seamless 'smart leading edge device' is an indispensable enabler for laminar wings and offers a great benefit for reduction of acoustic emissions, the 'smart single slotted flap' with active camber capability permits a further increased lift. Due to versatile usability both devices also offer aerodynamic benefits by shape adaption in cruise flight. Morphing devices imply the integration of drive systems into tailored lightweight structures and therefore reduce complexity and mass. Furthermore, focussing on electric actuators the energy consumption can be reduced. However, the high elasticity required for efficient adaptability of the morphing structure is diametrically opposed to the structural targets of conventional wing design like stiffness and strength. To find the optimum compromise precise knowledge on target shapes for maximum high lift performance and sizing loads is mandatory. Therefore, SADE comprises all relevant disciplines for the investigation of morphing wings and operates a state-of-the-art virtual development platform. Nevertheless, the focus is clearly set on adaptive structures. SADE builds on available promising concepts for smart structures. The technological realisation and optimisation of these concepts towards the special requirements of full scale systems is the most essential challenge for morphing today. Another challenge results from the aeroelastic condition the structural system is optimised for. Hence, a realistic full scale section of a morphing wing will be manufactured and tested in the TsAGI T101 wind tunnel.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 048 904
Administrative Contact
Felicitas Kutz (Ms.)

Participants (12)

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 191 319
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Dressel (Mr.)
AIRCRAFT RESEARCH ASSOCIATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 129 850
Address
Manton Lane
MK41 7PF Bedford
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Moira Maina (Ms.)
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 384 765
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Formisano (Mr.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 396 425
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shijun Guo (Dr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 548 242
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susanne Steinbicker (Ms.)
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 402 750
Address
Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Eliasson (Mr.)
PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 105 500
Address
Largo Angelo Fochetti 29
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Morando (Mr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 226 800
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rolf Henke (Prof.)
SMR ENGINEERING & DEVELOPMENT SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 387 270
Address
Dufourstrasse 109B
2502 Bienne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvio Merazzi (Dr.)
FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE THE CENTRAL AEROHYDRODYNAMIC INSTITUTE NAMED AFTER PROF. N.E. ZHUKOVSKY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 595 250
Address
Zhukovsky Str 1
140180 Zhukovsky
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Natalia Miroshnichenko (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 409 500
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elleke Koornneef (Ms.)
VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 143 400
Address
Letnany Beranovych 130
19000 Praha 18
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jiri Cecrdle (Dr.)