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Aeroelastic Gust Modelling

Objective

Encounters with atmospheric turbulence are a vitally important in the design and certification of many manmade structures such as aircraft and wind turbines. Gusts cause rapid changes in the flow about the structures which leads to rigid and flexible unsteady responses. Knowledge of aircraft/gust interactions is therefore vital for loads estimation during aircraft design as it impacts on control systems and often defines the maximum loads that these structures will experience in service. At present industry typically uses the linear doublet lattice method with static loads corrections from expensive wind tunnel data. The wind tunnel data is created using the final aerodynamic surface in the predicted cruise shape. This means that gust loads come relatively late when the design options have been narrowed. Increased competition and environmental concerns are likely to lead to the adoption of more flexible materials and the consideration of novel configurations, in which case the linear assumptions of the current gust loads process will become unacceptable. To introduce non-linearity into the gust loads process without significantly increasing the cost and time, this project has three main objectives: to carry out investigations using CFD so that the non-linearities in gust interactions are understood; to create a gust loads process that does not require wind tunnel data and hence reduces the need for wind tunnel testing; to develop updated reduced order models for gust prediction that account for non-linearity at an acceptable cost. These investigations will reduce the need for expensive wind tunnel testing and hence lead to time and cost savings at the design stage therefore ensuring that the European aerospace and defence industry remain competitive in the future. The wind turbine industry has similar concerns, with gusts and wind shear restricting the locations available for wind farms. The project will also address these issues using common methodology.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/meteorology/atmospheric circulation/atmospheric turbulence
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid dynamics
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/applied mathematics/mathematical model
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/computational fluid dynamics

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2014_TwoStages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 827 425

Participants (11)

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 286 268,50
Address
Domaine De Voluceau Rocquencourt
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 341 550
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 468 203,75
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 324 375
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NUMERICAL MECHANICS APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 344 625
Address
Chaussee De La Hulpe 187-189
1170 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OPTIMAD ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 304 250
Address
Via Bligny 5
10122 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 350 216
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 68 750
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DASSAULT AVIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 383 863,75
Address
9 Rond Point Champs-elysees-marcel Dassault
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 375
Address
Largo Angelo Fochetti 29
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VALEOL SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 318 750
Address
Cours Victor Hugo 213
33130 Begles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)