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Active Control for Flexible 2020 Aircraft

Objective

ACFA 2020 deals with innovative active control concepts for ultra efficient 2020 aircraft configurations like the blended wing body (BWB) aircraft. The objective of the designed controllers is an ambitious improvement of ride comfort and handling qualities, as well as load reduction on BWB type aircraft. Due to the unconventional placement of control surfaces, BWB type aircrafts require multi-channel control architectures for manoeuvres as well as for active rigid body and vibration control. This is regarded as technology step compared to state-of-the-art single-channel controllers generally used for conventional aircraft configurations. Moreover promising algorithms such as adaptive feed-forward control and neural network control for active control of BWB type aircrafts will be investigated in ACFA 2020. These multi-channel algorithms will be applied to the large flying wing aircraft designed in the VELA and NACRE project as well as to a newly designed ultra efficient 450 passenger aircraft. For this 450 passenger aircraft design a flying wing and an ultra wide body fuselage aircraft with carry-through wing box will be compared and the configuration which promises highest efficiency with respect to fuel burn will be retained for a more detailed design. Based on the attained loads reduction due to the developed active control systems, the structure of this new 450 passenger aircraft will be resized with the goal of an ambitious weight saving for further improvement of fuel efficiency. To summarise, the main objectives of ACFA 2020 are to provide robust as well as adaptive multi-channel control architectures for loads alleviation and improvement of ride comfort and handling qualities on BWB type aircrafts, as well as the design of a new ultra efficient 450 passenger BWB type aircraft.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
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Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Germany
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 679 096
Administrative Contact
Peter Lilischkis (Mr.)

Participants (12)

ALENIA AERMACCHI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 86 200
Address
Piazza Monte Grappa 4
00195 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Donatella Invernizzi (Dr.)
HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 69 500
Address
Mesogeion Street 2-4
11527 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Stathakopoulos (Mr.)
ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 126 900
Address
Ben Gurion International Airport
70100 Lod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elias Wahnon (Dr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 508 681
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Petra Rodenwaldt (Ms.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 442 604
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marc Rapin (Mr.)
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 246 261
Address
Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Magnus Oskarsson (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 256 500
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 248 100
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Kozek (Dr.)
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 195 000
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hromcik (Dr.)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 93 000
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kyriakos Giannakoglou (Prof.)
POLITECHNIKA BIALOSTOCKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 44 505
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Ulica Wiejska 45A
15351 Bialystok
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zbigniew Bartosiewicz (Prof.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 128 621
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
31060 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Picot (Mr.)