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Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency

Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency

Objective

Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency (SABRE) will develop ground-breaking new helicopter blade morphing technologies which will reduce helicopter fuel burn, CO2 and NOx emissions by 5-10%, while also reducing noise emissions. SABRE will help Europe achieve its ambitious aviation emissions goals while also sharpening its competitive edge in the rapidly growing international helicopter market. It will achieve this ambitious objective by removing one of the most fundamental limitations on helicopter performance: the need for rotor blades to have a single fixed geometry which is inherently a compromise between widely different operating conditions. SABRE envisions shape adaptive blades which can continuously change their shape to optimise performance in all conditions. SABRE has a tightly cross-linked, dual stream research approach with emissions-focused rotor performance analysis running concurrently with morphing technology development. The analysis stream will combine comprehensive rotor analysis, high-fidelity aerodynamic and structural solvers, detailed morphing mechanism models, and emissions models, creating the most detailed, transdisciplinary, and comprehensive model of its type. The technology development stream will mature a selected group of novel, beyond state-of-the-art, helicopter focused morphing concepts through a carefully considered program of modelling, design and experimental testing efforts. The achievable performance of the morphing concepts will be fed back into the emissions analysis, and the analysis stream will guide the development of the technologies towards configurations which minimize emissions. SABRE is highly ambitious in both its objectives and its approach. The project has strong industry support, and brings together the ideal consortium to achieve its objectives; with world-leading experts in rotorcraft and morphing structures backed up by a clear project plan, robust management procedures, and excellent facilities.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Address

Beacon House Queens Road
Bs8 1qu Bristol

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 233 541,25

Participants (5)

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CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 100 000

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 127 555

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 694 501,25

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 098 617,50

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 779 183,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 723491

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    30 November 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 033 398,75

  • EU contribution

    € 6 033 398,75

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom