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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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR

Address

Convento De Santo Antonio
6201 001 Covilha

Portugal

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 162 250

Administrative Contact

José Carlos Páscoa Marques (Prof.)

Participants (5)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 97 359

IAT 21 INNOVATIVE AERONAUTICS TECHNOLOGIES GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 89 014

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 79 640

GROB AIRCRAFT AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 83 390

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 88 340

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 323047

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 780 846,20

  • EU contribution

    € 599 993

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR

Portugal