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Advanced Laminar Flow tAilplane

Objective

Project ALFA (Advanced Laminar Flow tAilplane) is initiated by an industrial partner (Fokker) and a research centre (NLR), in response to the 2nd Call for proposal of CS2, under the topic “Laminar Horizontal Tail Plane full scale ground demonstrator”. The objective of ALFA is to push forward laminar flow technology by developing, designing and manufacturing a full scale demonstrator of a Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) Horizontal Tail Plane (HTP). The reduction of the aerodynamic drag of the aircraft by application of NLF on the HTP will offer a potential of a 1% decrease of fuel burn. ALFA will introduce advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to meet the stringent NLF surface quality demands. New structural concepts will be developed and discussed with the topic manager taking into account all requirements regarding operations, safety, cost and environmental impact, to ensure the implementation on future business jets. ALFA’s NLF HTP demonstrator will validate the selected structural concept. The comprehensive experience of the ALFA partners working on the demonstration of laminar flow in various R&T projects (e.g. EU AFLoNext, BLADE) and joint national and European collaboration on multiple aircraft programs motivate their common application. Fokker has a strong track record in designing and manufacturing complete tail sections for US and European Business Jets. As a former OEM of aircrafts, Fokker still engineers and manufactures with know-how of the entire aircraft. The complementary capabilities and competences of NLR to provide innovative solutions for composite structures is key to the project’s success. The ALFA total grant request to EC is 1,610,395 € for the whole consortium. The project will be conducted in close alignment with the topic manager, and with related topics in LPA and other IADP’s and ITD’s.

Coordinator

FOKKER AEROSTRUCTURES BV
Net EU contribution
€ 1 205 922,38
Address
Industrieweg 4
3351 LB Papendrecht
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Zuidoost-Zuid-Holland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 516 823,87

Participants (3)

Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

GKN AEROSPACE SERVICES LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
2nd Floor, One Central Boulevard, Blythe Valley Park
B90 8BG Solihull

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Solihull
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

FOKKER ENGINEERING ROMANIA SRL
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 4 410,00
Address
Pipera Boulevard No. 1/vii, Nord City Tower, Etaj Jude Ilfov
077190 Voluntari

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Region
Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Ilfov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 890,00
STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS LUCHT - EN RUIMTEVAARTCENTRUM
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 400 062,50
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059 CM Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00