Better than a marionette's strings
The next generation civil tiltrotor (NGCTR) can work under two configurations: helicopter or airplane mode. The change between these involves a redistribution of the mass that affects the stability and performance during flight. A suitable load distribution and balancing leads to a more efficient operation of the engines, impacting the fuel consumption. The WEIBAL project assesses the weight and balance of the aircraft to obtain information about the optimisation of the performance during use, leading to an improved behaviour and efficiency to fulfil the targets of ACARE Flightpath 2050. WEIBAL evaluates the weight and balance of the NGCTR, using a system that detects the 3D position of the centre of gravity of the plane and its position in different configurations.
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Funding SchemeCS2-IA - Innovation action