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Active Control for Flexible 2020 Aircraft

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.
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Coordinator

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Address

Willy-Messerschmitt-Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 679 096

Administrative Contact

Peter Lilischkis (Mr.)

Participants (12)

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ALENIA AERMACCHI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 86 200

HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY SA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 69 500

ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 126 900

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 508 681

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France

EU Contribution

€ 442 604

TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 246 261

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 256 500

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 248 100

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 195 000

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 93 000

POLITECHNIKA BIALOSTOCKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 44 505

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 128 621

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 213321

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 558 372,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 124 968

Coordinated by:

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

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