VortexCell2050 will deliver a new technological platform combining the two cutting-edge technologies, the trapped-vortex and the active flow control.
The project outcomes will serve the designers of the next-generation thick-wing aircraft. Thick-wing, or blended wing-body, aircraft are identified as prospective for development over the next 50 years in the NASA and FAA commission report 'Securing the Future of U.S. Air Transportation: A System in Peril,' released in September 2003.
Success of VortexCell205 0 will ensure European Aeronautical Sector a leadership in a small but critical area, the importance of which will grow in the future with an increase in aircraft size.
VortexCell2050 outputs will provide a valuable economical asset for the European Aeronautical Sector thus making the Sector an active player in the niche of trapped-vortex applications.
VortexCell2050 exploitation route involves the application of the new technological platform to a relatively small High-Altitude Long-Endurance aircraft. This will demonstrate the opportunities for SMEs created by the new technology.
VortexCell2050 final report will include a Roadmap section giving an overview of the step change in aircraft design which can be foreseen on the basis of the technological progress in the trapped-vortex technology.
According to certain forecasts, such progress will lead to creation of very large aircraft capable of take-off and landing almost anywhere outside traditional airport, and capable of using gas as fuel. Such a possibility has significant economical, social, and political implications and politicians need to know about them.
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project