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Innovative benchmark technology for aircraft engineering design and efficient design phase optimisation

Innovative benchmark technology for aircraft engineering design and efficient design phase optimisation

Objective

"Due to strong competitiveness and considerable increasing of techno-logical demand in terms of performance and reliability of constituting components, aircraft manufacturers are constantly urged to invest in innovative design technologies so as to reduce aircraft development costs and delivery time. Moreover, manufacturing restrictive quality constraints and the limits imposed to industrial budget require aircraft design to be cheaper and more effective at the same time.
To this end, to reduce the aerodynamic design process as well as satisfy the ever-growing demand of the aeronautical optimisation, a significant enhancement of the CFD prediction capability is required. Moreover, to face with the requirements of top-level aeronautical design, the geometries optimiser is requested to fulfil process integration, multi-objective and multi-disciplinary strategy, mesh-independent solution, parallelism, large models and arbitrary mesh element type management.
The RBF4AERO project is properly conceived to tackle all the above-indicated aspects by making the CFD model parametric through an innovative shape optimisation tool based on a high-performance meshless morphing technique. This technique is founded on Radial Basis Functions (RBF) theoretical approach which offers a number of distinct advantages over the more traditional optimisation approaches. This new optimisation methodology will guarantee very fast and highly detailed CFD optimisation analyses such to significantly reduce costs of optimisation of aircraft aerodynamics without losing accuracy or domain extent."
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Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Address

Via San Nazaro 19
16145 Genova

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 461 557

Administrative Contact

Emiliano Costa (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY SA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 25 969

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 292 232

PIPISTREL DOO PODJETJE ZA PROIZVODNJO ZRACNIH PLOVIL

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 202 064

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 241 588

PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 165 581

TUSAS MOTOR SANAYI AS

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 145 240

INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 623 345

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 242 401

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 605396

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2016

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 467 421,40

  • EU contribution

    € 2 399 977

Coordinated by:

RINA CONSULTING SPA

Italy