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Cycloidal Rotor Optimized for Propulsion

Objective

The CROP project introduces an innovative propulsion system for aircrafts based on the cycloidal rotor concept, using an integrated approach that includes the electric drive train, airframe integration and an environmental friendly energy source.
The CROP system is supported on a multiphysics approach:
1. The high thrust is obtained by unsteady-based cycloidal rotor operation;
2. The development of low-weight electric power drives for the system;
3. Airframe re-design to accomplish optimum integration of the cycloidal propulsor;
4. Environmental friendly energy source based on hydrogen and photovoltaic cells.
The strengths of the CROP concept are:
- High thrust levels: by using unsteady airflows
- Low weight: using an integrated design approach between airframe and cycloidal propulsor
- Environmental friendly: because it is based on green energy power sources.
The revolutionary CROP propulsion concept will introduce new air-vehicle concepts, overcoming traditional limitation on short take-off and landing, including hovering capability.

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-L0
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR
Address
Convento De Santo Antonio
6201 001 Covilha
Portugal

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Carlos Páscoa Marques (Prof.)
EU contribution
€ 162 250

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 97 359
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dragoni Eugenio (Prof.)
IAT 21 INNOVATIVE AERONAUTICS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 89 014
Address
Leitenbauerstrasse 10
4040 Linz

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Wills (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 79 640
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Mrs.)
GROB AIRCRAFT AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 83 390
Address
Lettenbachstrasse 9
86874 Tussenhausen Mattsies

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klaus Metzger (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 88 340
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fulvio Mongilardi (Dr.)