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diStributed Open-rotor AiRcraft

Objective

The SOAR open-fan wing technology at the focus of this project is a new concept that distributes the thrust and powered-lift over the entire span of the wing resulting in a model-proven lift efficiency three times that of helicopters as well as truly quiet U-STOL performance and safe autorotation landing.

Wind tunnel testing augmented by CFD simulations during the SOAR programme are expected to bring improvements in lift efficiency, flight speed and cruise economy on the order of 10% to 20% relative to those seen on small-scale wind tunnel and flight models.

The experimental data collected in this programme will be incorporated in a common aircraft design study targeting a certain mission range. The aircraft is developed in two versions - one passenger and one freight aircraft. The passenger version carries about 60-70 passenger. The freighter version is able to carry up to eight tons of freight. These two aircraft projections, based on the same wing and propulsion system, will subsequently be evaluated in terms of their direct operating cost in comparison with competing types such as conventional STOL aircraft, helicopters and Tilt-rotor aircraft.

It is believed that the SOAR open-fan wing technology, to be developed during this programme, will provide significant technical data at a much larger scale than previously; and this will eventually lead to a new class of aircraft with attractive operational and economic features.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-L0
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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
€ 125 754
Administrative Contact
Sylke Heinlein (Mrs.)

Participants (3)

FANWING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 219 006,60
Address
Dorset Street 43-45
W1U 7NA London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dikla Peebles (Mrs.)
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 145 128
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dominick Hemeryck (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 101 325,40
Address
Campus
66123 Saarbrucken
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Corinna Hahn (Ms.)