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Future Aircraft design following the carrier-pod concept as an enabler for co-modal seamless transport, passenger safety and environmental sustainability

Objective

Aviation has dramatically transformed society over the past 100 years. Fast and efficient transportation has essentially been “shrinking the planet” and changing the landscape in terms of financial and societal conditions. The growth of air traffic over the past 50 years has been spectacular, and will continue in the future. This anticipated growth carries along challenges and opportunities in various aspects of life, from economics to the environment. Research must meet these emerging challenges by producing concepts and breakthrough technological achievements in air transport.
Currently, one of the most challenging areas of aeronautical research is the air-vehicle itself, mainly in what concerns its form and operation. Passenger aircrafts have kept more or less the same basic design since the 40's. Several improvements have been introduced since then (composite materials for the main load bearing structure of the aircraft eg A350, B787) but none of them had altered the basic form of the aircraft or its main operation and handling.
For the air-transport of the future several pioneering ideas meant for introducing radical changes in the air-transport system have been proposed, requiring several innovations and individual technical challenges to be met towards their implementation. An idea to be investigated within the frame of the proposed project is the design of the aircraft as a combination of a “carrier” and a “passenger pod”. The benefits from such a concept are multiple.
- Inter-modal passenger transport.
- Increased flexibility in aircraft configuration and fleet management.
- Distributed airport facilities
- Faster and easier passenger loading
- Evacuation of the aircraft in case of an emergency

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/transportation engineering/airport engineering
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-L0
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 241 600
Administrative Contact
Vassilis Kostopoulos (Prof.)

Participants (3)

INASCO HELLAS ETAIREIA EFARMOSMENON AERODIASTIMIKON EPISTIMON EE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 98 900
Address
Napoleontos Zerva 18
16675 Glyfada Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitri Bofilios (Dr.)
PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 33 350
Address
Largo Angelo Fochetti 29
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Morando (Mr.)
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 186 900
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonios Kanakis (Dr.)