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Increased Safety and robust certification for ditching of aircrafts and helicopters

Objective

SARAH is concerned with establishing novel holistic, simulation-based approaches to the analysis of aircraft ditching. It is build up from a consortium of experts from OEM industries, experienced suppliers of simulation technologies, established research institutions and representatives of the certification authorities. Results of SARAH are expected to support a performance-based regulation and certification for next generation aircraft and helicopter and to enhance the safe air transport as well as to foster the trustworthiness of aviation services.
Aircrafts and helicopters often travel above water and thus have to prove a safe landing under emergency conditions. The specific challenge is to minimize the risk of injury to passengers and to enable safe evacuation. Accordingly, the motion of the aircraft/helicopter along with the forces acting on the structure are studied for controlled water impact during the design phase of an aircraft.
Ditching has close links with crash simulation, but also distinctive features. Examples refer to hydrodynamic slamming loads on airborne vehicles and complex hydromechanics (partially at very large forward speeds) as well as the interaction of multi-phase fluid dynamics (involving air, water, and vapor phases) and structure mechanics.
Design for ditching involves more than the analysis of loads and subsequent strengthening of the structure. It often requires adjustment campaigns for the handling of the vehicle during approach and the identification of favorable approach/flight-path conditions in line with the pilots flying capabilities to minimize the remaining kinetic energy of the vehicle to be transferred into the water.
In conclusion, a pressing need for more advanced studies to support the development of next-generation, generalized simulation-based ditching-analysis practices is acknowledged by all stakeholders. The public interest in safety makes this proposal an ideal candidate for a European research proposal.

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2016-SingleStage-INEA
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Coordinator

IBK-INNOVATION GMBH & CO. KG
Address
Butendeichsweg 2
21129 Hamburg
Germany
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 560 968,75

Participants (11)

EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 172 500
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEXTFLOW SOFTWARE
France
EU contribution
€ 453 053,75
Address
1 Rue De La Noe
44300 Nantes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 280 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 707 363,75
Address
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 412 500
Address
Avenida De Aragon 404
28022 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 105 000
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 495 250
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
38106 Braunschweig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 781 875
Address
Rue De La Noe 1
44321 Nantes Cedex 3
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUREAU VERITAS SOLUTIONS MARINE & OFFSHORE
France
EU contribution
€ 587 083,75
Address
8 Boulevard Albert Einstein
92400 Nantes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
France
EU contribution
€ 378 750
Address
L Aeroport
13700 Marignane
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DASSAULT AVIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 702 048,75
Address
9 Rond Point Champs-elysees-marcel Dassault
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)