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AIRCRAFT and ROTORCRAFT PILOT COUPLINGS – TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR ALLEVIATION and DETECTION

Objective

The ARISTOTEL project challenge is ensuring aircraft safety and aims to reduce the aircraft and rotorcraft accidents caused by a particularly unfavourable category of phenomena: aircraft-pilot-couplings and rotorcraft-pilot-couplings (A/RPCs). Generally, A/RPCs are defined as “inadvertent, sustained aircraft oscillations which are a consequence of an abnormal joint enterprise between the aircraft and the pilot”. Recent experiences show that modern designs are being confronted in an increasing degree with dangerous A/RPCs. The reason for this is that modern aircraft feature a significant level of automation in their flight-control-systems (FCS). FCS is generally intended to relieve pilot workload and allow operations in degraded weather and visibility conditions. Especially in the modern rotorcraft, there seem to be embedded tendencies predisposing the FCS system towards dangerous RPCs. As the level of automation is likely to increase in future designs, extending to smaller aircraft and to different kinds of operation, the consequences of the pilot ‘fighting’ the FCS system and inducing A/RPCs needs to be eradicated. It is the goal of this project to develop the design tools and techniques needed to detect and alleviate the A/RPC problems. End products of the project will be: 1) Advanced vehicle-pilot-FCS simulation models for “rigid body” and aeroservoelastic A/RPC analysis; 2) A/RPC design guidelines and criteria; 3) protocols and guidelines for A/RPC flight simulator training. All results will be directly useable by the aerospace industry in the design process for improving flight safety. The project will contribute in this sense to: 1) the minimization of the factors that lead to pilot loss of control resulting in increased enhancement of the European aircraft safety and 2) will strengthen the European Aeronautics Industry competitiveness in their time- and cost-effective design tools.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft/rotorcraft
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 602 533,50
Administrative Contact
Martin Hoekstra (Mr.)

Participants (9)

WYTWORNIA SPRZETU KOMUNIKACYJNEGO PZL-Swidnik Spolka Akcyjna
Poland
EU contribution
€ 106 649,50
Address
Al. Lotnikow Polskich 1
21045 Swidnik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pawel Chojnacki (Dr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 372 534,25
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Françoise Lizarazu (Ms.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 233 750
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fulvio Mongilardi (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 237 600
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Grossi (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 440 488
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veronica Shaw (Ms.)
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 440 010,25
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hafid Smaili (Mr.)
STRAERO-INSTITUTUL PENTRU CALCULULSI EXPERIMENTAREA STRUCTURILOR AERO-ASTONAUTICE S.A.
Romania
EU contribution
€ 160 590
Address
Iuliu Maniu 220 Sector 6
061126 Bucursti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ion Fuiorea (Prof.)
FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE THE CENTRAL AEROHYDRODYNAMIC INSTITUTE NAMED AFTER PROF. N.E. ZHUKOVSKY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 214 178,50
Address
Zhukovsky Str 1
140180 Zhukovsky
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sergey Andreev (Mr.)
EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 195 318
Address
Heinrich-hertz-allee 1
66386 St Ingbert
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Corinna Hahn (Mrs.)