The development of aerodynamic drag reduction technologies is driven by predictions of remarkable fuel savings, promising substantial improvements not only of aircraft efficiency but also of environmental compatibility. The European Community has supported research and technology development in the field of laminar flow and drag reduction RTD from 1989 onwards. In order to generate an added value of this investment, the establishment of an European Drag Reduction Network (DragNet) is proposed.
Six contracted EC projects (with 42 partners from 13 countries):
- HYLDA - Hybrid Laminar Flow Demonstration on Aircraft;
- HYLTEC - Hybrid Laminar Flow Technology;
- EUROTRANS - European Program on Transition Prediction;
- EUROSHOCK II - Drag Reduction by Shock and Boundary Layer Control;
- AEROMEMS - Investigation of the Viability of MEMS Technology for Boundary Layer Control on Aircraft;
- EUROSUP - Reduction of Wave and Lift-dependent Drag for Supersonic Transport Aircraft have expressed their willingness to cooperate in the frame of DragNet.
This type 1.5 network, proposed for a period of 3 years, will be open not only to further EC projects to be launched later but also to complementary non-EC European and national activities in this field.
The primary aim of this network is to maximise the industrial return of European RTD investment in the development of aerodynamic drag reduction technologies, to be achieved by implementation of a flexible network structure in order - to extend the communication between the European experts involved in drag reduction RTD - to focus the RTD resources spent in Europe for drag reduction technology development - to intensify the information and data exchange between the incorporated RTD teams - to enhance technology and know-how transfer between industry and research community - to identify the future RTD priorities meeting the needs of the European aircraft industry. Coordination of the network will be arranged by a management board consisting of the network coordinator, the participating projects coordinators acting as task managers, and the scientific officer of the EC.
The DragNet workprogramme will be devided into 7 different tasks. Task 1: Network Coordination and Management (DASA); Task 2: Web based Info- and Database (DASA); Task 3: Network Meetings and Workshops (BAe); Task 4: DragNet Sponsored European Conference (ONERA); Task 5: Technology Status and Market Review (DASA); Task 6: Training and Technology Transfer to Industry (DLR); Task 7: DragNet Interest Group (DERA) It is intended to establish a close link with the proposed Targeted Research Action (TRA3) in Aerospace Aerodynamics.
Funding SchemeTHN - Thematic network contracts
BS35 7QW Bristol