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Advanced Laminar Flow tAilplane

Objective

Project ALFA (Advanced Laminar Flow tAilplane) is initiated by an industrial partner (Fokker) and a research centre (NLR), in response to the 2nd Call for proposal of CS2, under the topic “Laminar Horizontal Tail Plane full scale ground demonstrator”. The objective of ALFA is to push forward laminar flow technology by developing, designing and manufacturing a full scale demonstrator of a Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) Horizontal Tail Plane (HTP). The reduction of the aerodynamic drag of the aircraft by application of NLF on the HTP will offer a potential of a 1% decrease of fuel burn. ALFA will introduce advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to meet the stringent NLF surface quality demands. New structural concepts will be developed and discussed with the topic manager taking into account all requirements regarding operations, safety, cost and environmental impact, to ensure the implementation on future business jets. ALFA’s NLF HTP demonstrator will validate the selected structural concept. The comprehensive experience of the ALFA partners working on the demonstration of laminar flow in various R&T projects (e.g. EU AFLoNext, BLADE) and joint national and European collaboration on multiple aircraft programs motivate their common application. Fokker has a strong track record in designing and manufacturing complete tail sections for US and European Business Jets. As a former OEM of aircrafts, Fokker still engineers and manufactures with know-how of the entire aircraft. The complementary capabilities and competences of NLR to provide innovative solutions for composite structures is key to the project’s success. The ALFA total grant request to EC is 1,610,395 € for the whole consortium. The project will be conducted in close alignment with the topic manager, and with related topics in LPA and other IADP’s and ITD’s.

Coordinator

FOKKER AEROSTRUCTURES BV

Address

Industrieweg 4
3351 Lb Papendrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 1 210 332,38

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STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 400 062,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 714479

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.5.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 129 108,75

  • EU contribution

    € 1 610 394,88

Coordinated by:

FOKKER AEROSTRUCTURES BV

Netherlands