the frame of the 5th FP7 call for proposals, EASN has endorsed
13 Academia driven proposals which were successfully submitted. The
proposals face upstream research issues. For the first time, an internal
evaluation procedure has been introduced which aims to improve the quality
of the proposals. The list of the EASN endorsed proposals is available on
the EASN website.
Goraj, EASN representative in the new ACARE
General Assembly, has offered an interview on the current activities of the
Read the interview
An update of the ACARE
Working Group activities is also available here for EASN members, as reported by the EASN
representatives in the groups.
Politecnico di Torino and EASN have successfully organized,
on November 9th and 10th in Torino, a workshop on "Unmanned Aerial
Systems: civilian applications and technology challenges".
The event was supported by
Politecnico di Torino,
EASN, Selex Galileo, Regione
Piemonte, Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale - SMAT F1 Piemonte Regional Project, Ordine
degli Ingegneri Provincia di Torino. More
information about the workshop is available on the EASN
endorsed projects: Latest
ENCOMB aims at investigating, developing, and adapting advanced
non-destructive testing (NDT) methods for assessment of adhesive bond
quality of CFRP structures for aeronautic applications. After the first
year, suitable procedures for achieving defined contaminations/defects
according to the selected application scenarios were established.
Characterization of test specimens by
reference methods revealed pronounced differences between clean and
contaminated samples and thus confirmed successful production of weakened
bonds. A variety of advanced NDT methods was then applied to these samples
and principal suitability was observed for most of them. Now a second
sample set is being produced and contaminated for further developing and
adapting the NDT methods to the scenarios. (For more information see www.encomb.eu).
The INMA project aims to develop an innovative manufacturing
technology to fabricate complex Ti sheet aerocomponents
by using asymmetric incremental sheet forming (AISF) combined with KB
modeling and lean heating techniques
During last months, promising results have
been obtained about the production of components made of Ti grade 2 and Ti
parallel, force and strain predictions of cold forming operations are
possible through FEA while KB springback
prediction of such operations has been implemented. A method to evaluate
formability limits has also been proposed. Upcoming activities include hot
forming of Ti 6-4 and increasing the FE and KB modeling capabilities.
For more information,
visit the project website www.inmaproject.eu
the Aeronautical community
This EU project 'Aircraft integrated structural health assessment
II' (AISHA II, 2008-2011) aimed at developing monitoring systems for
structural damage in aircrafts. A moisture sensor was developed and
implemented in three operational airliners from Lufthansa which will help
to prevent corrosion damage in floor beam structures.
The sensor is based on the percolation effect and allows determining
the ingress of liquids at a very low cost and with minor certification
effort. Furthermore, no on-board electronics is required. The first results
from real aircraft operations were obtained, and new user cases are
welcome. In the meanwhile, the sensor principle was also extended to easily
detect spilled hydraulic liquids (Skydrol®)
mineral oils as well as kerosene. (For more information see www.aisha2.eu)
After the successful ending of phase I activities consisting in
identifying new cooperation opportunities with the USA, Cooperateus
has been approved to go on for consolidating them with the counterparts and
A pyramidal build up of opportunities shows up starting with the
Academic ones followed by the national research Establishments, the
Equipment suppliers and then the Airframers. Cooperateus will organize during next spring open
workshops in the four categories to illustrate how the various success
factors are being tackled.Candidates: Bio-fuels,
New Commercial Aeronautical Packaging for Avionics, Noise/psycho acoustics,
Structural Health Monitoring. Updated information will
become available on www.cooperateus.org
“HERMES”, a FP7 CSA project,
commenced on the 1st of November 2011 whose main objective is to
achieve better information exchange and closer collaboration in transport
research between EU researchers and their counterparts round the world.
The HERMES project kick off meeting took place in Newcastle upon
Tyne in the UK. The meeting was attended by representatives from the
European Commission, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the US and
the Institute of Transport Economics of Japan (ITEJ). The project logo and
website address www.hermes-project.net were presented. The website is
currently under construction scheduled to go live by the end of December
Intelligent Aircraft Structures project focuses on the Physical Integration
of very different technological approaches acting in synergy. The three key
areas are the further development of conformal morphing; structural health
monitoring and specific Carbon Nanotube based
Following the three day September 2011 Kick-off Meeting at the
Airbus Operations GmbH site in Hamburg with 130 participants, the project
launch phase currently focuses on the collation and generation of
specifications for the three main technological areas. In many cases, the
high level of integration requires the preparation of completely new
specifications such as a wing skin monitoring system or the integration of
Carbon Nanotubes into Carbon Fibre
February 2012 completion of the specification phase, partners are heavily
involved with the preparation of the first set of ten critical concept
reviews which conclude the project launch phase.
SUNJET is dedicated to
foster the cooperation between Europe and Japan in the field of aerospace
research and innovation.
As from the starting date of the project (1st
of June 2011) the work has been concentrated on the Build-up ad-hoc
EU-Japan R&T cooperation areas of mutual benefit and proposal for win-win R&T roadmaps.
The work performed so far was to obtain and synthesise the
information and recommendations from the Focal Points of European
manufacturing industry, Research Establishments and Labs, and the
Universities. This information includes inputs on the existing EU-Japan
R&T cooperation actions, the supply of EU–Japan network contributions,
elements of EU-Japan roadmaps and recommendations for the methodology to
implement R&T cooperation.
For more information visit the project website: www.sunjet-project.eu
Aero-Physics Laboratory we have developed novel Anodised
Aluminium Pressure Sensitive Paint (AA-PSP)
techniques to provide a global map of the unsteady pressure over complicated
geometries e.g. truncated flare body in a hypersonic, Mach 5, flow.For more information see: http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/staff/academic/profile/index.html?staffId=168
A UAV, having a wing with variable
camber and twist properties, was designed in Structural Dynamics Laboratory of Department of Aerospace Engineering of METU. The UAV was successfully flown.
Research on active vibration control of beams and plates by piezoceramics also continue. For more information visit: http://www.ae.metu.edu.tr http://www.metu.edu.tr
The 25th edition of the international ISMA
Noise and Vibration Engineering
will be held in Leuven (BEL) from 17 until 19 Sept.
It will be organised
in conjunction with the 4th edition of the international
Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics - USD2012. More information is available at http://www.isma-isaac.be
Multisensor Hot Wire Anemometry (HWA) has
been developed by the
Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics at the University of Patras, capable to measure the instantaneous and mean
values of the velocity gradient tensor, providing thus information on the
vorticity and higher
order velocity terms.
Centre of Excellence for Modern Composites applied in Aerospace and Surface
Transport Infrastructure (CEMCAST). Scientific area: theoretical modelling and experimental testing of modern composite
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