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Active control technologies for tilt-rotor (ACT-TILT)

Active control technologies for tilt-rotor (ACT-TILT)

Objective

The proposal addresses the definition of a Flight Control System (FCS) and associated control laws for an advanced Tilt-rotor configuration. This is an important issue because of the specific requirements stemming from the Tilt-rotor configuration, and the importance of the system for aircraft safety, dispatch reliability, and affordability. The Tilt-rotor FCS has to provide adequate control means in modes of flight (helicopter, conversion, and cruise) and provide a smooth transition between them, which renders it particularly complex with a great number of actuators. This complexity naturally leads to the selection of a Fly-by-wire or Fly-by- Light technology. The application of this technology to rotorcrafts is still in its early days, with most of the on- going programmes being military. ACT-TILT will achieve the following industrial objectives:
- To reduce the risk related to the development of an advanced European Tilt-rotor.
- To improve the safety, dispatch reliability, and affordability standards of current US Tilt-rotors, making the aircraft attractive to the commercial market.

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Coordinator

EUROCOPTER S.A.S.

Address

Aeroport International Marseille
13725 Marignane

France

Administrative Contact

Jean-François BIGAY (Mr)

Participants (10)

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AGUSTA S.P.A.

Italy

CLAVERHAM LTD

United Kingdom

EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

LIEBHERR AEROSPACE LINDENBERG GMBH

Germany

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAART LABORATORIUM

Netherlands

TELEAVIO, CONSORZIO TELECOMMUNICAZIONI AVIONICA S.R.L.

Italy

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PISA

Italy

WESTLAND HELICOPTERS LTD.

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2001-00608

  • Start date

    1 November 2001

  • End date

    31 May 2005

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 799 917

  • EU contribution

    € 3 598 133

Coordinated by:

EUROCOPTER S.A.S.

France