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Novel Air Vehicles Configurations: From Fluttering Wings to Morphing Flight

Objective

The aim of the NOVEMOR (NOvel Air VEhicle Configurations: From Fluttering Wings to MORphing Flight) research project is to investigate novel air vehicle configurations with new lifting concepts and morphing wing solutions to enable cost-effective air transportation. A multidisciplinary analysis and design optimization environment developed in an earlier EU Project (SIMSAC) will be used and improved to include analysis of novel configurations such as the joined-wing concept for improved lift and morphing wing solutions as an integral part of the aircraft conceptual design, rather than just as an add-on later in the design cycle. Such concepts will enable improved aircraft efficiencies, aerodynamic performance, reduced structural loads and lighter weight.

The NOVEMOR project will focus on the following primary objectives:

1. Design and evaluation of a new aircraft concept, the joined-wing configuration, including structural, aerodynamic and aeroelastic simulations and analysis, flight testing of an aeroelastically scaled remotely piloted vehicle and multidisciplinary design optimization techniques. This configuration will be evaluated against a conventional reference aircraft.
2. Morphing wing solutions (span and camber strategies and wing-tip devices) will be proposed to enhance lift capabilities and manoeuvering. These will be considered early in the design process, right from the beginning of aircraft design cycle, included in the conceptual design.
3. Design, testing and evaluation of several adaptive/morphing concepts and mechanisms as part of a conceptual design environment, capable of augmenting performance characteristics in terms of drag reduction, loads reduction, weight and noise impact reduction;
4. To evaluate the overall benefits of these new concepts in terms of improved lift capabilities.

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049 001 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 463 687,40
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Ms.)

Participants (7)

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 299 362,50
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fulvio Mongilardi (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cherie Judge (Ms.)
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 182 056
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arthur Rizzi (Prof.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 299 952
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Renker (Mr.)
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 255 400
Address
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria 46
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Beeuwen Gerryts (Dr.)
EMBRAER SA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 128 000
Address
Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima 2170
12227 901 Sao Jose Dos Campos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Ricardo Parizi Negrao (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 287 000,40
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Coombs (Mrs.)