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European project for improvement of supersonic transport low speed efficiency

Objective

Compliance with Community noise regulations is a critical design requirement of a second generation Supersonic Commercial Transport (SCT). EPISTLE aims to achieve an aerodynamic design methodology that yields SCT configurations with largely attached flow at the low-speed design points and thus realise considerable reductions in drag. This will in turn reduce airport noise levels. The objectives will be obtained by exploring the major design sensitivities of high- lift devices with numerical simulations, by establishing design rules and assessing various optimisation approaches. The numerical design approach will be validated with high-quality wind tunnel experiments. The resulting design methodology for swept SCT wings and the experimental database will yield reduced design turn-around times and improved overall SCT performance. The results will reduce the high industrial risk in SCT development.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTRE
Address
Lilienthalplatz 7
38108 Braunschweig
Germany

Participants (8)

AIRBUS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
AIRBUS FRANCE SAS
France
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
Toulouse
AIRBUS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
New Filton House, Filton
Bristol
CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
Address
Avenue De La Division Leclerc 29
92322 Chatillon
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
85 Buckingham Gate
London
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAART LABORATORIUM
Netherlands
Address
2,Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059 CM Amsterdam