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Combined morphing assessment software using flight envelope data and mission based morphing prototype wing development

Objective

"Morphing in aircrafts has been studied and used throughout recent time in order to increase their flight envelope. This characteristic is of the upmost importance in order to offer a greater efficiency, versatility and performance during the assigned mission. Moreover an aircraft with the capability to adapt itself to each given situation is prone to achieve positive results to a range of different missions instead of requiring a specific aircraft to conduct one specific mission.
The main objective of this project is to study and develop a novel morphing system which integrates up to four different morphing mechanisms into in a single wing and to demonstrate this new ability in flight. This system would take advantage of all the performance improvements achieved by adopting its wing shape according to the mission requirements of each flight phase. Therefore, this project envisions to mitigate the required energy (and thus fuel consumption) to maintain the aircraft’s flight and to perform the necessary flight maneuvers by offering the capacity to mold the exterior of the aircraft in order to enhance the necessary aspect of flight so as to lessen the required energy, such as lift over drag ratio, efficiency in aerodynamic control, lower stall velocity or to change to a better planform to perform a required maneuver.
In order to prepare the basis for an eventual cognitive morphing on-board controller which ability is focused in the autonomous control of all morphing system of the wing, it is necessary to develop a software that is capable of rendering the most efficient morphed wing based on the information of the current phase. This software would therefore, be able to conduct an assessment of the introduced flight conditions of the wing and display the accordant morphed wing (using a database with all current morphing systems) capable to fly with the highest performance."

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1
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Coordinator

TEKEVER ASDS
Address
Rua Das Minas 2 Zona Industrial Etrada Da Foz Do A
2500-750 Caldas Da Rainha
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 570 730
Administrative Contact
Pedro Sinogas (Mr.)

Participants (8)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 306 543,75
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Felicitas Kutz (Ms.)
AIRCRAFT RESEARCH ASSOCIATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 434 292,50
Address
Manton Lane
MK41 7PF Bedford
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tilman Hetsch (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 249 999,15
Address
Convento De Santo Antonio
6201 001 Covilha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dina Batista Pereira (Ms.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 582 499,60
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dimitris Drikakis (Prof.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 377 250
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)
INVENT INNOVATIVE VERBUNDWERKSTOFFEREALISATION UND VERMARKTUNG NEUERTECHNOLOGIEN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 366 600
Address
Christian Pommer Strasse 47
38112 Braunschweig
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olaf Heintze (Dr.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 364 000
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yavuz Yaman (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 395 929
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hoekstra (Mr.)