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Crashworthiness of helicopter on water: design of structures using advanced simulation tools

Objective

The objective of the project is to develop a set of simulation tools and design methodology, which permit cost effective design and entry-into-service of crashworthy (including impact on water) helicopters. In support of this the simulation tools that either do not exist or need significant improvements will be developed so that they are capable of more accurately handling complex response of metal and composite materials and fluid structure interaction in the water impact analysis problem. This will include:
- strain rate dependent orthotropic metal and composite material models,
- features for modelling typical structural joints used on helicopters (e.g. riveted joints, bolts joints, etc),
- capability to model fluid structure interaction in helicopters impact on water,
- new design 'philosophy' and a simulation supported design methodology for crashworthiness in impacts on water.
Through this project European helicopters industry will acquire a better and more effective design capability and gain an international advantage with respect to US industry. Furthermore, this would lead to transfer and exchange of new technology between project partners.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY*
Address

MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedford
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

AGUSTA S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Via Giovanni Agusta 520
21017 Samarate
CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
ENGINEERING SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL SA
France
Address
Rue Saarinen 20, Silic 270
94578 Rungis
EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address

81663 Muenchen
GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTRE
Germany
Address
Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
70569 Stuttgart
ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES LTD
Israel
Address
Ben Gurion International Airport
70100 Tel Aviv/lod (Airport)
MECALOG SARL
France
Address
Centre D'affaires, Rue De La Renaissance 2
92184 Antony
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
42,28Th October Avenue 42
10682 Athens
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
Address
Boulevard Paul Painlevé 5
59045 Lille
POLYTECHNIC OF MILAN
Italy
Address
Via La Masa 34
20156 Milano
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAART LABORATORIUM
Netherlands
Address
Voorsterweg 31
8316PR Marknesse
WESTLAND HELICOPTERS LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Lysander Road
BA20 2YB Yeovil, Somerset
WYTWORNIA SPRZETU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO "PZL - SWIDNIK" SA
Poland
Address
Al. Lotnikow Polskich 1
Swidnik