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Development of an advanced rotor for tilt-rotor

Development of an advanced rotor for tilt-rotor

Objective

The proposal addresses the development of a full-scale rotor suited to an advanced European tilt-rotor configuration. This is a challenging issue because such a rotor must be capable of providing all the tilt-rotor required controls, accepting the various loads, in particular those brought about by the tilting movements, producing good performance data and taking account other constraints: low external noise, comfort, affordability, reliability and safety.
The aim of project DART is to tackle this important problem and to prepare a future European tilt-rotor consistent with the market requirements by:
- Reducing the risk related to its rotor development.
- Gaining a better understanding of the technological issues associated with tilt-rotor rotor hub and blades design.
- Bringing significant improvements compared to actual helicopters or turboprop aircraft, especially in term of performance data, external noise, vibration level, safety and affordability standards.

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Coordinator

EUROCOPTER S.A.S.

Address

Aeroport International Marseille
13725 Marignane

France

Administrative Contact

Jean-François BIGAY (Mr)

Participants (9)

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AGUSTA S.P.A.

Italy

CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI S.C.P.A.

Italy

EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France

PAULSTRA

France

SENER INGENIERIA Y SISTEMAS SA

Spain

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAART LABORATORIUM

Netherlands

SUBCONTRATACION DE PROYECTOS AERONAUTICOS S.A.

Spain

WESTLAND HELICOPTERS LTD.

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2002-00634

  • Start date

    1 March 2002

  • End date

    31 July 2006

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 744 916

  • EU contribution

    € 4 872 458

Coordinated by:

EUROCOPTER S.A.S.

France