Aircraft rear-end configuration optimisation ensures no tail-off in fuel efficiency
Engineering and technological advances have greatly improved the design of aeroplanes over the last couple of decades. To improve fuel efficiency, the impact of rear end aerodynamic and aeroelastic phenomena cannot be underestimated. The EU-funded TailSurf project will optimise rear-end configuration and increase the aeroelastic efficiency of tail surfaces via computations and experiments. Specifically, the project will define and test technologies and shapes to delay flow separation that can stall the tail surface and saturate the control surfaces. Validation will be conducted by wind tunnel experiments and computational fluid dynamics. Finally, the project will study the integration of all technologies on an advanced rear-end configuration and numerical prediction and post-test calibration system.
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