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Aerospace Multidisciplinarity Enabling DEsign Optimisation

Final Report Summary - AMEDEO (Aerospace Multidisciplinarity Enabling DEsign Optimisation)

AMEDEO: Aerospace Multidisciplinarity Enabling Design Optimisation

AMEDEO is an EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by Marie Curie Actions [1]. It brings together leading academic researchers and key private-sector partners [2] with the aim of developing the tools needed by the European aerospace industry to design the next generation of environmentally-friendly aircraft.

The project’s focus was on developing the use of Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO), a simulation technology which has been identified by the European Commission in its report ‘Flightpath 2050’ as critical for the future sustainability of the European aerospace industry [3]. MDO allows the design process to be tackled as a whole by coordinating input from sophisticated computer models focused on individual disciplines, such as, aerodynamics structural mechanics, heat transfer and acoustics. MDO ensures that performance in one key area is not optimised at the expense of another.

AMEDEO recruited and trained 15 talented early stage researchers (ESRs) to provide the next generation of researchers capable of driving future innovations in the EU’s aerospace industry. A list of ESRs and their projects is provided below [4].

Four key research challenges were tackled:
• New computational and parameterisation methods for large scale MDO problems.
• Efficient metamodel-based robust MDO frameworks with multi-objective and multi-fidelity capabilities that can integrate all system/discipline optimisations within large-scale MDO problems.
• Application of advanced MDO methods to aircraft engine design.
• Novel applications of MDO to the design of composite aeronautical structures.

Collectively, the projects have delivered major advances in the computational efficiency of MDO methods, through the use of Graphical Processing Units (x23 speed-up achieved) and improvements in aero-elastic modelling. They also developed new MDO methods
• For preliminary aircraft design and for systems with very large structural deflections;
• Which can account for damage in composite structures due to e.g. ice and bird impacts, and can deliver reduced noise levels in composite fuselages;
• Can deliver more efficient aero engines by improved turbine cooling (with air flow rates reduced by up to 65%), and exploiting novel fan and compressor shapes.

More detailed project summaries can be found on the AMEDEO-ITN website: The ESR fellows have already published 22 conference papers and 4 journal papers with numerous papers in the final stages of preparation. A list of these can be found at

[1] Marie Curie Actions is part of the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for research funding for training:

[2] Project partners: The network is coordinated by Professor Harvey Thompson from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. The network includes 13 world-leading partners from 6 countries:
• The University of Leeds, Queen Mary University of London, Imperial College London, Rolls Royce and Altair Engineering, from the UK
• Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and ALE Delft from the Netherlands
• The von Karman Institute (VKI) from Belgium
• The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and SFE GmbH from Germany
• ONERA (French National Aerospace Agency) and Airbus from France
• Koç University from Turkey.

[3] Flightpath 2050. Europe’s Vision for Aviation. Report of the high level group on aviation research. European Commission (2011),

[4] AMEDEO Early Stage Researchers and Project titles:
• Mohamed Aissa (VKI): “Efficient High Performance Computing Techniques for MDO”
• Daniel Baumgärtner (ALE Delft): “Multidisciplinary Node-based Shape Optimisation for Composite Wing Preliminary Design”.
• Anna Arsenyeva (TUM): “A unified multidisciplinary shape optimisation methodology for composite aircraft structures”.
• Sam Duckitt (ALE Delft): “Isogeometric MDO of a composite fan blade under impact loading”.
• Kristofer Jovanov (TU Delft): “Aeroelastic tailoring of composite wings using mixed fidelity modelling”.
• Andrea Viti (ONERA): “Conceptual multidisciplinary civil transport aircraft design using aero-structural adjoint-based optimisation”.
• Julien Pohl (University of Leeds): “MDO and robust optimisation of high pressure turbine components”.
• Ralf Schlaps (QMUL): “Novel 3D shapes for MDO of fans and Compressors”.
• Christopher Chahine (VKI): “Multidisciplinary optimisation of composite aero-engine fan blades”.
• Stefano Caloni (Rolls Royce): “MDO of the winglet and squealer for high pressure turbine applications”.
• Jonathan Ollar (Altair): “MDO methodology for incorporation of crashworthiness requirements in aircraft design”.
• Marco Tito Bordogna (ONERA): “Multi-disciplinary analysis and optimisation of composite forward swept wings”.
• Paul Lancelot (TU Delft): “Investigation of stacking sequence parameterisation options for aeroelastic tailoring”.
• Gokhan Serhat (Koc University): “MDO of composite fuselage structure with vibro-acoustic requirements”.
• Tiago Faria (Koc University): “Database Generation and Integration of Different Software Media for Meta-modelling”.