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Integration of technologies in support of a passenger and environmentally friendly helicopter (FRIENDCOPTER)

Objective

Today's helicopters need to be improved further with respect to environmental and public acceptance. Helicopters generate external noise, cabin noise and vibration due to the complex nature of their dynamic systems and suffer from NOx emission; like other transport systems. It is therefore very essential that the new generation rotorcraft adress these issues to improve the situation, to make them environmentally friendly and acceptable to the general public The modern society needs this indispensable system due to its ability to fly medical, rescue and law enforcement missions. These missions require flight profiles close to populated areas. Hence, a number of enhancements appears mandatory. In detail, the following goals are envisaged: - External noise levels 10 db below the current ICAO/JAA rules especially during approach, - A reduction of fuel consumption up to 20 % for high speed flights. - Cabin noise levels below 70 dBA similar to airliner cabins for normal cruise flight, - Cabin vibrations below 0,05 g corresponding to jet smooth ride comfort for the same flight regime. Because of the large and fast rotating rotor, the non-symmetric rotor flow, the close vicinity of main gearbox and passenger position and the specific requests of engine performance, the targets mentioned above are highly challenging. In order to comply with the research objectives, an extreme high tech initiative is required, enabling however European aeronautic industry to hold their own against international competitors. In order to do so, short and long term objectives are planned targeting the following technology topics: - Short Term objectives: Noise Abatement Flight Procedures, Cabin Noise Reduction Engine Noise Reduction - Long Term Objectives Active Blade Control The activities envisaged in Friendcopter are to provide a number of key deliverables. All of these will have undergone intense efficiency testing, mostly by flight tests. In det#'

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Coordinator

VERTAIR EEIG, C/O AECMA

Address

Gulledelle 94
1200 Brussels

Belgium

Administrative Contact

Valentin KLOEPPEL (Dr)

Participants (33)

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EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

AGUSTA S.P.A.

Italy

ANOTEC CONSULTING, S.L.

Spain

CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA

Italy

DAHER LHOTELLIER AEROTECHNOLOGIES

France

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH CORPORATE RESEARCH CENTRE

Germany

EUROCOPTER SAS

France

FREE FIELD TECHNOLOGIES

Belgium

FORM TECH GMBH

Germany

AIRCELLE

France

INGENIERA Y ECONOMIA DEL TRANSPORTE, S.A.

Spain

INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE

Portugal

PAULSTRA SNC

France

LEUVEN MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL N.V.

Belgium

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM (NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORY)

Netherlands

NOLIAC A/S

Denmark

WYTWORNIA SPRZETU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO "PZL - SWIDNIK" SA

Poland

TURBOMECA

France

WESTLAND HELICOPTERS LTD.

United Kingdom

ZF LUFTFAHRTTECHNIK GMBH; HANDELSREGISTER HOFGEISMAR HRB 9101

Germany

CRANFILED UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS

Greece

RIGA TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Latvia

AERNNOVA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS, S.A

Spain

CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITÄT OLDENBURG ( OLDENBURG UNIVERSITY)

Germany

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.

Germany

DIPARTIMENTO DI INGEGNERIA MECCANICA E INDUSTRIALE - UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE

Italy

INGENIERIA DE SISTEMAS PARA LA DEFENSA DE ESPAÑA, S.A.

Spain

ISTITUTO SUPERIOR TÉCNICO

Portugal

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN

Sweden

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AÉROSPATIALES'

France

VÝZKUMNÝ A ZKUSEBNI LETECKÝ ÙSTAV, A.S.

Czechia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 502773

  • Start date

    1 March 2004

  • End date

    30 November 2009

Funded under:

FP6-AEROSPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 32 444 826

  • EU contribution

    € 18 227 908

Coordinated by:

VERTAIR EEIG, C/O AECMA

Belgium