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An integrated approach to the design of active-controlled aircraft wings

The EU-funded FLiPASED project aims to revolutionise aircraft wings, developing and testing a so-called active-controlled wing design. Such a wing shape-changing concept can decrease the negative impact of gusts on the aerodynamic performance by 20 % and cut down fuel consumption by 10 %. Furthermore, it can reduce the number of distinct models used during the aircraft development and certification process by 50 %. The project will couple aerodynamics, structural design, aeroelastic and control design models in one integrated toolchain to optimise the wing design. The tools will be validated on a safe and affordable experimental platform. The experimental results along with the design requirements will be publicly available.


Flight Phase Adaptive Aero-Servo-Elastic Aircraft Design Methods (FliPASED) opens a complete new dimension for the integrated aircraft design. Coupling between aeroelasticity, gust response, flight control methods, instrumentation and certification aspects is not exploited in current aircraft design. A common set of models, coupled with joint requirements enable a multidisciplinary-optimized design for the entire aircraft, leading to more optimized overall performance. The concept of exploiting coupling between disciplines will take advantage of tools developed by the partners in former projects. The main objectives of the proposal aim at tightly coupled multi-objective optimization of advanced, active controlled wing designs through the integration of a collaborative design tool chain. More than 10% fuel efficiency improvement, and 20% reduction in peak amplitude of the gust response, as well as a 50% reduction of number of distinct models used during the development and certification process are set as project goals. Through the integration of all discipline tools from aerodynamics, structural design, aeroelastic simulation and control design in one integrated tool chain an active, condition optimized wing design becomes feasible, enabling enhanced performance at lower weight and cost. The project will raise the efficiency of a currently separately existing development toolchains, by advanced multidisciplinary and collaborative capabilities for whole aircraft along its life cycle. It will develop methods and tools for very accurate flexible-mode modelling and flexible aircraft control synthesis, in the context of reliable implementation of the avionics system, taking into consideration the fault detection and reconfiguration. The accuracy of developed tools and methods will be validated on a safe and affordable experimental platform, and results will be shared along with design requirements and standardized interfaces in an open source approach.

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€ 1 094 722,13
Kende utca 13-17
1111 Budapest

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Közép-Magyarország Budapest Budapest
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00

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