EASN Newsletter - January 2017


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    The EASN Association and the Aircraft Design Department of the Warsaw University of Technology are inviting you to the 7th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in European Aeronautics Research”. In 2017 the annual gathering of the EASN Association will be held for the first time at the modern Conference Centre of the Polish Institute of Aviation.

    Over the years the EASN conference has been established as a major European Dissemination event. The 6th international gathering of the EASN Association has been attended by more than 220 researchers from various disciplines who presented their high quality recent achievements and new upstream research ideas. The 7th EASN International Conference aims to build on the success of the series of EASN events by becoming an even broader and even more comprehensive gathering.

    The conference will include Plenary Talks by renowned guests and Roundtable Discussions with key-figures from the academia, industry, research community and policy makers. It will also include Thematic Sessions on a series of domains and disciplines of A&AT along with Technical Workshops where evolving ideas, technologies, products, services and processes will be discussed. Research projects are invited to exploit the opportunity and disseminate their results and achievements in dedicated Sessions.

    As always, the 7 EASN Conference is designed to foster the cooperation and interaction between participants on a multidisciplinary basis serving as a platform for sharing your research activities and exchanging novel ideas for future research with a relative pan-European and global audience. The event is structured in a way that enhances the interaction and presents an excellent opportunity for networking and creating new synergies for future collaborations on a bilateral basis or in the frame of multilateral projects.

    Updated information will be posted on a regular basis on the conference’s minisite here.

    7th EASN
  • Dietrich Knoerzer

    Interview of Dr. Dietrich Knoerzer, former senior Scientific Officer in the Aviation Unit of the Directorate of Transport Research within the Directorate General for Research & Innovation. 

    For the first newsletter of 2017, the EASN Association is pleased to host an interview with Dr. Dietrich Knoerzer who retired after been part for 28 year of the European Commission’s aeronautics research programme. Dr. Dietrich Knoerzer has been responsible for research and research policy activities in aircraft design, flight physics and fluid dynamics and he has been the contact to aerospace related associations and networks in Europe as EASN, CEAS or ECCOMAS.

    Read the full interview on the EASN website.

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    The new BoD of the EASN Association has now been elected.

    The 7th EASN General Assembly took place in Porto on October 19th, 2016 in the frame of the 6th EASN International Conference. During the Assembly, the new Board of Directors who will represent EASN for the next 3 years was elected.

    After the General Meeting, a meeting of the new BoD was held and the executive and non-executive duties of its members were determined to be:

    Chairman: Prof. Spiros Pantelakis, University of Patras

    Vice Chairman: Prof. Zdobyslaw Goraj, Warsaw University of Technology

    Secretary General: Dr Helge Pfeiffer, KU Leuven

    Treasurer: Prof. Mario Guagliano, Politecnico di Milano

    Scientific Advisory Officer: Prof. Kostas Kontis, University of Glasgow

    Industrial Advisory Officer: Prof. Andreas Strohmayer, University of Stuttgart


    Pictured from left to right: Prof. Zdobyslaw GorajProf. Mario Guagliano, Prof. Spiros Pantelakis, Prof. Kostas Kontis, Prof. Andreas Strohmayer

    EASN BoD members
  • S.Pantelakis

    The last newsletter of AERTEC Solutions hosted and interview with EASN Chairman Prof. Spiros Pantelakis

    The chairman of the association among other issues, spoke to AERTEC about the changes of the global challenges over the last 15 years and described the main goals of the EASN for the years to come.

    You can find the full interview here.

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    6th EASN Association International Conference on Innovation in European Aeronautics Research

    The European Aeronautics Science Network has successfully carried out its 6th annual international gathering which this year took place at the Crowne Plaza of Porto, Portugal, co-organised with the Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (INEGI) of the University of Porto (FEUP). 

    The EASN International conferences, aim to share high quality, current achievements and new upstream ideas for future research and in the same time to offer their participants a forum to meet and present among relative audience, their latest advancements and capabilities. In this frame, this year’s conference proved to be a unique opportunity for the participants to obtain an overview of the recent advancements. The 6th EASN International Conference, the largest of its kind, included 11 Thematic Workshops and 28 Technical Sessions where more than 250 participants from 30 countries had the chance to attend the presentations of more than 210 speakers

    More than 170 abstracts were submitted while more than 70 full papers were published in the Conference’s proceedings and a number of selected papers will be published in international journals following peer review. The international journals in which full papers of the 6th EASN International Conference will be published are: “The Journal of Aerospace Engineering” (JAERO), the "International Journal of Structural Integrity" (IJSI), the “Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology” (AEAT) and the “Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures” (FFEMS).

    During the four days gathering, distinguished Key-Note guests updated the delegates about the future Industrial trends and the European priorities with respect to the medium and long-term goals. Among other speakers, European Commission’s Dr. Dietrich Knoerzer spoke about “Global Challenges to Aviation – A Need for Advanced Technologies” and the Project Officer of CSJU, Dr. Jean-Francois Brouckaert presented the “Clean Sky Academy Initiative: How to better involve students in Europe’s largest Research Program for Aeronautics”. Prof. Ray Whitford from Cranfield Shrivenham spoke about “Aerodynamic Crutches”  while Dr. Markus Fischer from Airbus made a presentation on “Research on High Technologies for the Large Passenger Aircraft of Tomorrow- CleanSky2, Large Passenger Aircraft”. Mrs. Valerie Guenon, V.P. of Safran, shared her viewpoint on “The past 15 years and the next 15 years of European Aviation Research, an industry perspective” and Clean Sky’s Dr. Giuseppe Pagnano focused on “Sustainable development in Aeronautics – Role & Perspectives of the Clean Sky Initiative”. Finally Dr. Jose Rui Marcelino, PEMAS President, set the scene of the “Portuguese aerospace industry – driving innovation through collaboration networks”.

    You can view and download the booklet of abstracts here.

    Registered EASN Members can view and download the Conference Proceedings here

  • Clean Sky 2

    Clean Sky has recently published two calls, the 5th Call for Proposals (CfP05) and the 4th Call for Core Partners.

    The 4th Call for Core Partners is published since 1 December 2016 and will remain open until 9 March 2017. The final list of topics and topic descriptions and all call background documents are now accessible via the Participant Portal of the European Commission. All applicants are recommended to navigate to the portal to access the relevant information: click here.

    The 5th Call for Proposals is published since 1 December 2016 and will remain open until 9 March 2017. The final list of topics and topic descriptions and all call background documents are now accessible via the Participant Portal of the European Commission. All applicants are recommended to navigate to the portal to access the relevant information: click here.

    For each Call, a number of Information Days are organised across Europe. Find out about upcoming Info Days here.

    Clean Sky call

EASN supported projects: Latest news and achievements

  • The CORSAIR project has recently completed its 42-month duration, which was marked with the project’s final meeting at the premises of Polytechnic University of Milano. By the end of the project, the partners have successfully built a Portable Cold Spray Unit which was tested on different alloys and industrial parts. The achieved results were viewed very positively from the industrial partners, who have expressed their interest for further exploration of Cold Spray as a repairing technique, as they were able to show that the achieved CORSAIR results are economically worthwhile for in-house repairs. Indeed, CORSAIR succeeded its goal in validating Cold Spray as an effective repair process. In particular, the mechanical characterization is a fundamental step to extend the application of cold spray from geometric restoring to structural part, able to carry heavy load without any penalty with respect of the base material and the virgin, undamaged, part. In particular, the study realized on the fatigue behavior of cold sprayed repaired parts opens new fields for cold spray as a repairing technique and extends its practical use to new applications.  Klara Petrackova (pictured below), a POLIMI researcher who has been working on her PhD thesis within CORSAIR, was recently awarded at the Young Professionals Presentation Competition at the North American Cold Spray Conference 2016, Edmonton, Nov. 30-Dec 1, 2016, on her presentation on Fatigue life of cold sprayed aluminium alloy coating for repair application, which discussed her research within CORSAIR. Furthermore, CORSAIR has supported the development of 3 Bachelor, 5 Master and 4 PhD thesis, allowing young engineers to be trained upon state-of-the-art research and enhance the scientific profile of the participating institutions. For more information, please visit our websiteimage gallery and video gallery.


  • ComBoNDT

    ComBoNDT aims to develop a quality assurance concept for adhesive bonding of load-critical CFRP primary aircraft structures, and to allow overcoming current limitations regarding certification of composites. With the participation of leading manufacturers, the industry is heavily involved in the project; concrete fields of application and contamination scenarios were defined by taking into account representative production and repair cases from the aerospace industry. For many of the contaminants studied, there was limited or no reference in the literature for mechanical characterization. A fully experimental characterization and explanation is now provided for various commonly encountered defects in aeronautics contaminations and the effects they have on the integrity of the bondline of adhesive composite joints, thus moving a step forward to understanding and expanding the use of adhesive bonds in aerostructures. If the techniques under development are proven to be effective, this could lead to significant reduction of time and costs related to unscheduled repairing of undetected weak bonds. Moreover, the downtime of the aircraft will be reduced, resulting in overall costs reduction. The ComBoNDT project has recently completed its first half, of its entire 36-month duration. For more information, please visit http://combondt.eu/ 


    In Picture: Aerosol-Wetting-Test BoNDTinspect (AWT), one of the techniques applied within ComBoNDT project for quality assurance of surfaces parts. Depending on the surface state and surface energy, droplets of an aerosol form wide or narrow drops when applied to surfaces. When several droplets are deposited, the property of a surface to be wetted can be characterised by the droplet size distribution. If the surface energy of a sample is low, e.g. due to contaminations like release agents, narrow drops will be formed on the surface.

  • HAIC

    HAIC, by having achieved most of the objectives planned for its fourth year of activities, is moving ahead to its finalization. The highlight of this period includes the successful implementation of the HAIC Final Forum which was held between the 29th and 30th of September 2016 at Toulouse, France. Its purpose was not only to show and demonstrate the latest results achieved by the project participants but also to provide an opportunity for international experts members of the HAIC Advisory Board, the HIWC project (High Ice Water Content), the EIWG (Engine Ice Working Group), the ICC (Ice Crystals Consortium), the EUROCAE Working Group 95 (Ice Detection System and Weather Radar) to share their work and confront their views during parallel workshop sessions on the following topics: Flight Tests, microphysical properties & Assessment of the CS-25 Appendix P, Tools & Simulation, Weather Radar Ice Crystals function, Ice Crystals Detection System, Instrumentation & Test facilities calibration, Spaceborne Detection and Nowcasting. The workshops’ outcomes were presented and discussed at the end of the Forum in a dedicated plenary session and the HAIC results and achievements were also showcased through posters, videos and equipment. Based on the feedback received by EASA and EC, HAIC is considered to be a success story and an example of fruitful international collaboration as it has succeeded in increasing the knowledge and achieving innovation.

    Find out more here: www.haic.eu

    HAIC Project

    The “Innovative Coarsening-resistant Alloys with enhanced Radiation tolerance and Ultra-fine–grained Structure for aerospace application – ICARUS”, funded by the H2020 FET programme, has officially started on September 1st, 2016. The project focuses on developing a new thermodynamic approach to materials design, which promises the discovery of entirely new classes of multi-component nanocrystalline metal alloys resistant to coarsening, with properties specifically tailored to application. Fabricating a nanocrystalline metal alloy is not difficult, and hundreds of examples exist. However, none of them resists to even modest temperature rises. ICARUS targets the identification of thermodynamically stable nanocrystallinemetal alloys resistant to coarsening, enabling design and fabrication, which can result in new families of materials with unprecedented properties and performances, ultimately paving the way to new applications ranging from structural engineering to catalysis and energy generation. In order to meet the project’s ambitious objectives, ICARUS brings together academics, research institutions and industries. A fully multidisciplinary team with long experience in materials science is setup by experts in alloys production and complemented by leaders in the aerospace value chain (ESA, NASA) who are interested in the proposed materials technology. For more information, please visit our website at http://icarus-alloys.eu/.

  • SARAH Project

    SARAH (Increased Safety and robust certification for ditching of aircrafts and helicopters) is a Horizon 2020 collaborative project aiming at establishing novel holistic, simulation-based approaches to the analysis of aircraft ditching. The project is built up from a consortium of experts from OEM industries, experienced suppliers of simulation technologies, established research institutions and representatives of the certification authorities. The ambitious project has been launched in October 2016 and will be developed across a 36-month period.

    Within the project, novel analysis methodologies and technologies will be developed for improving the safety of the air transport system. Improved understanding of certain environmental conditions (waves, ground aerodynamics, handling and approach conditions) during ditching, impact and landing will also be pursued. Finally, design solutions to increase safety of conventional and unconventional aircrafts and helicopters will be addressed. 

    Find out more here: www.sarah-project.eu

Coordination and Support Actions: Latest news

  • SUNJET-II Webinar

    The EU-Japan center for Industrial Cooperation in cooperation with the SUNJET-II project is organizing a webinar on “How can European and Japanese organisations cooperate in aviation research?”.  The webinar take place on 21-2-17 at 10:00 CET and will be introducing the SUNJET II project and the opportunities for European and Japanese companies to cooperate in the aeronautic sector. More information on the event and registration (required) can be found here.


    In 40 minutes from your desk, you will discover how to:

    • Identify topics for Europe-Japan research cooperation projects in the domain of aviation
    • Take advantage of the funding opportunities made available by the European Commission
    • Find information on how to successfully initiate the cooperation
    SUNJET-II Webinar
  • Support Actions for Coordinating Research in the Field of Aeronautics & Air Transport

    Support Actions for Coordinating Research in the Field of Aeronautics & Air Transport

    To realize the new European vision beyond 2020 for the horizon towards 2050, i.e. meet the societal and market needs, maintain and extend the industrial leadership, protect the environment and the energy supply, ensure safety and security, Europe has engaged in large scale, intensive and coordinated Research and Innovation. CATER, CAPPADOCIA, FORUM-AE and OPTICS, all respond to the 6th EC call for proposals and deal with the same topic but different domains: Time Efficiency, Cost Efficiency, Environmental related Research and Innovation and Safety Research, respectively. The four “sister” projects have held a common Workshop on “Support Actions for Coordinating Research in the Field of Aeronautics and Air Transport”. This joint event has taken place in the frame of the 6th EASN International Conference on Innovation in European Aeronautics Research, on October 19th 2016, from 9:00 until 10:40. The session was chaired by Dr. Dietrich Knoerzer from the European Commission and Mrs. Irene Pantelaki (EASN-TIS). The four Coordination and Support Actions presented their up-to-date main progress, achievements and results. An open panel discussion was then followed, focused on the main lessons learnt and way forward, in light of the upcoming MG-1.5-2016-2017 call.

    Find out more here: https://cappadocia-fp7.eu/sister-csas/

    Support Actions for Coordinating Research in the Field of Aeronautics & Air Transport

    CATER 3rd year is speeding up towards the final results! The project is steadily progressing to increase the dedicated knowledge-base of R&D in the Time Efficiency field, improving and testing its developed ICT platform and tools for research retrieval, storage and qualified analysis and involving stakeholders to assess Gaps and Recommendations for the future. During the last months the CATER project has continued its exploratory investigation into the technological trends while pursuing assessment of ongoing projects and major funding opportunities in the 2016-2017 time frame, both at EU and national level. This work has given a comprehensive view of the EU R&D performed identifying the future initiatives to follow. The analyses have been performer with the CASK platform as well as the R&I frame tool, which will provide a homogeneous database for projects assessments and powerful instruments for the related stakeholders. The organization of the CATER workshop in October 2017, as part of the EASN conference in Oporto, was a perfect opportunity to engage with stakeholders presenting the results of the work so far performed. Feedback collected during the workshop has provided a basis for further iterations of the Gap Analysis and Recommendations performed within CATER.

    Find out more here: http://www.cater-transport-time-efficiency.eu/


    The H2020 financed project “Promoting Excellence & Recognition Seal of European Aerospace Universities (PERSEUS)”, has identified one possible roadmap for the definition of a European quality label for aerospace related higher education degrees. The duration of the project has been of 2 years, from December 2014 to November 2016, and has involved a great portion of the European stakeholders in aerospace: Universities, Research Centers, Networks and Associations, Accreditation agencies. The core concept established by the project is that it is possible to establish a sector-specific quality system that can complement the existing national or European accreditation systems, providing added value to the internal and/or external quality assurance processes that are in place in most EU Universities.

    The recommendation to implement a voluntary labelling system for aerospace education has been on the table for several years, but no structured action at the EU level has been planned so far. Discussions have been arisen on the subject of the validity of an accreditation system mainly to separate the scientific content from the administrative, organizational and infrastructural aspects. The PERSEUS project has mainly focused on the scientific and teaching aspects which appeared to be more interesting for both students and industries. The main result of this labelling system appears to be the definition and application of a Knowledge and Abilities identification system which could significantly increase the students' confidence and skills, enhance their mobility across Europe, as well as allow for better exploiting the potential of European Aeronautical engineers. It could also complement existing European, national or regional accreditation systems for engineering education, being careful to avoid duplication and bureaucracy.

    PERSEUS has recently successfully held its final open Workshop in Brussels at the EC premises, whereby the ideas developed were shared with relevant key stakeholders from the entire European aerospace engineering community.

    View and download the PERSEUS final leaflet.

    Find out more here: http://perseus-aerospace.eu/


    CAPPADOCIA (Coordination Action Pro “Production, Avionics, Design” on Cost-efficiency in Aeronautics) has successfully completed three full years of operation. Aiming to review the state of the art of R&I and provide strategic recommendations to address existing gaps and bottlenecks in the field of cost efficiency, interviews with key RTD people as well as dedicated workshops at major Aeronautical conferences have been held in line with the defined CAPPADOCIA multidimensional methodology approach. Precisely, during the past year, several tens of interviews have been conducted by the CAPPADOCIA partners in and outside their respective countries and networks, and through the related events they have been participating. The interviews were supported by questionnaires and web surveys. 

    Moreover, to reach a wide audience and increase potential attendance, during the 2015-2016 period, 4 CAPPADOCIA workshops have been organized and held as part of major international Conferences, aimed at presenting the CAPPADOCIA findings as well as at collecting consultation information and opinions from key relevant stakeholders: CAPPADOCIA workshop at the i) 5th EASN Workshop on Aerostructures, ii) Aerodays 2015, iii) 6h EASN International Conference and iv) Factories of the Future Conference in Bordeaux. The workshops included several five-minute pitches, enabling workshop participants to present their specific views on the objectives. Additional workshop participations on a national level were achieved in France and Spain.

    Find out more here: http://cappadocia-fp7.eu/

    CAPPADOCIA Project
  • SUNJET Project

    In October 2016, SUNJET-II organized a series of visits to some of the most important Japanese factories and other institutes active in Aviation, including among others “JAMCO corporation”, “SUMITOMO precision products”, “SINFONIA Technology”, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Tokyo University. The visits were open through the respective European Associations to any interested individual from European Universities, research establishments, SMEs and large European industries. This unique opportunity was exploited by several Europeans who had the opportunity to arrange a series of B2B meetings and exchange on the opportunities for establishing new collaborations, either related to business or to common research activities. During the week, SUNJET-II was also presented at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016 (JA2016). 

    The next EU-Japan get-together is planned to take place during the Paris 2017 airshow where a Japanese delegation will attend. For more information visit the SUNJET-II website at https://sunjet-project.eu/.

  • Radian Project

    For several historical reasons the economic activities in aviation industry are unevenly distributed across Europe. There are countries and regions featuring low involvement in aviation research and also low participation in the EU Framework Programmes; and there are some regions heavily involved in aviation R&D, being origin of wealth and prosperity. RADIAN is a multi-step project which intends to overcome this misbalance by identification of barriers for international collaboration in aviation research at EU level and by subsequent development and verification of solutions and measures on level of the European regions.

    The initial step is to assess the impact of regional, national and international environment on aviation actors. By systematically comparing single impact scenarios for various actors located in different European regions, barriers for cooperation will be identified. Using this verified knowledge, 12 target regions will be identified to derive, verify and execute tailored activity plans aiming at the enhancement of the actor’s ability to cooperate by reducing the disadvantageous impact or by the advancement of actor’s own knowledge and abilities. RADIAN will also develop a self-sustaining collaboration platform which aims at becoming a live portal, for providing personalized information related to the users’ interests such as open calls, available funding schemes, recent advancements etc.

    Find out more here.

    RADIAN Project partnerts

Other latest news and achievements

  • FEMS

    EUROMAT is the premier international congress in the field of materials in Europe. The EUROMAT2017 congress will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 17 – 22 September, 2017. The congress is co-organized by the Hellenic Metallurgical Society (HMS) and the Hellenic Society for the Science and Technology of Condensed Matter (HSSTCM), both members of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS). 

    For more information regarding EUROMAT2017 you may visit the following link: http://euromat2017.fems.eu/

    EUROMAT 2017

    The 2017 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft SystemsICUAS'17, will be held in Miami, FL, on June 13-16. The conference venue is the Miami Marriott, Biscayne Bay hotel. The hotel is close to the Miami Arts, Wynwood and Design districts and just minutes from the Miami Beach Convention Center. It is the only marina-front downtown hotel with incredible bay views. ICUAS'17 is fully sponsored by the ICUAS Association, a non-profit organization. Information about the organization may be found at www.icuas.com.

    ICUAS'17 is a four-day event. June 13 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 14-16. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past years and its growth, ICUAS'17 is again expected to continue on the same path and attract the highest number of participants from academia, industry, federal and state agencies, government, the private sector, users, practitioners and engineers who wish to be affiliated with and contribute technically to this highly demanding and rapidly evolving and expanding field.

    Find out more here: http://www.uasconferences.com/

  • Aero Glass

    Aero Glass is aimed at improving aviation safety by relieving pilots of the huge mental load of converting complex instrument readings and 2D flat panel displays into 3D, 360° reality. The augmented reality application for smart glasses visualizes terrain, navigation, traffic (ADS-B), instrument, weather, and airspace information right in front of the pilot's eyes, whichever way they turn their head.

    The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 674045. It has been in development since 2013 and is close to its second beta program that will precede the application's planned release in 2017.

    Find out more here: http://glass.aero/

    Aero Glass
  • AFLoNext

    The third Annual Review Meeting of AFLoNext was held at the CIRA facilities in June this year. The EC Project Officer and Reviewers concluded that the highly motivated AFLoNext consortium had achieved a significant progress. We are now getting ready for the flight test activities scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.

    Our goal remains to show that flow control is a key technology for future aircraft drag reduction and other benefits. Visit our website and consult our latest newsletter: http://www.aflonext.eu/news-and-events-3/public-deliverables/aflonext-newsletter5-54.


    AGILE project is developing the next generation of aircraft Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization processes, which target significant reductions in aircraft development costs and time to market, leading to cheaper and greener aircraft solutions. A team of 19 industry, research and academia partners from Europe, Canada and Russia are collaborating together. The project will run from 2015 to 2018 and is part of the EU H2020.

    The AGILE project targets the establishment of a collaborative MDO network. The composition of the Consortium reflects the heterogeneous structure in today’s aircraft development teams. AGILE technologies will be accessible for research and educational activities. The MDO community is invited to join the 1st Open Day on 14th of December 2016 at DLR in Hamburg. (info: pier-davide.ciampa@dlr.de).

    Find outmore here: www.agile-project.eu


    SEALANT: A European Project looking for GREENER SURFACE TREATMENTS, funded by Clean Sky 2 JU

    SEALANT is focused on optimizing a Chromium-free sealing process for thin layer Sulfuric Acid Anodizing (SAA). The project will evaluate its industrial viability as eco-friendly alternative to Chromic Acid Anodizing (CAA) for aluminium unpainted parts, too.

    The Spanish qualified laboratory Titania is coordinating this innovative project along with institutions such as the University of Cadiz (UCA), the Technology Centres CTME and IK4-CIDETEC and the company INNOMAT COATINGS (Contact: Gemma Vara, Surface Processing Unit, gvara@cidetec.es, Jaime Ochoa, BDM, jochoa@cidetec.es)

    Find out more here


    The main objective of the cooperation of the European and Chinese partners in ECO-COMPASS is to develop and assess multifunctional and ecological improved composites from bio-sourced and recycled materials for application in aircraft secondary structures and interior. For more information visit our website at http://www.eco-compass.eu/.

    The partners will focus on the following materials: bio-sourced and recycled fibres; bio-sourced resins; sandwich cores; conductive toughening layers and adapted protection technologies to fulfil the demanding requirements of aviation.

  • Future Sky Safety

    Future Sky Safety is pleased to invite you to its 1st Public Workshop (8-9 March, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium at Eurocontrol Headquarters). 

    The workshop “Future Sky Safety: a Joint Programme for Aviation safety” is open to aviation safety stakeholders. It will constitute an opportunity to discuss emerging safety issues and trends and to be updated on the latest research developments in aviation safety.

    Five technical sessions will explore key topics such as runway excursions, risk prevention and mitigation, organisational accidents, human errors, and risk of fire, smoke and fumes. In addition, a poster session on these topics will be open to students, researchers and projects. Finally, EREA will provide an overview of the institutional safety projects the Association coordinates.

    Find out mroe here: http://tinyurl.com/FSS2017


    Future Sky Safety

    LOw COst Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures. The LOCOMACHS project focuses on conducting research into the aerospace assembly process and other associated technologies. These will make the assembly of composite and hybrid structures much more cost efficient and lean in the future. This will enable high aircraft production rates made at a greater efficiency to become a reality.

    This includes both design technologies as well as enhanced manufacturing processes for highly integrated composite parts and assembly processes. Objectives; Reduce by 50% the recurring costs of non-added value shimming operations in structural joints and of non-added value dismantling operations. Increase the level of automation related to part joining operations.

    Find out more here: www.locomahcs.eu


    PASSME is a Horizon-2020 funded project with the aims of reducing airport travel time in the EU by 60 minutes and improving the airport experience for at least 70% of passengers. To achieve this PASSME will focus on four areas that together will make airport experiences more seamless and reduce stress for passengers and aviation stakeholders. An app is also in development which will provide real-time information to passengers and more. 

    The PASSME Community of Practice (CoP) aims to share project results, and invite input and feedback from industry experts, to ensure they are at the cutting edge of industry needs. The CoP was launched with an online meeting with aviation experts from airlines, airports, transport and design networks this November. 

    Find out more here: http://www.passme.eu/related-news/212-passme-cop-meeting-report

    PASSME Project

    The Final Review Meeting of the RBF4AERO project was held on October 30th in Brussels. The Consortium partners are currently putting in place an exploitation agreement that rules the strategy to pave the way to business growth through the RBF4AERO platform usage. Several joint-initiatives for business have been scheduled. Among these, there is the proposal to establish a technical alliance with the FORTISSIMO Project to spread the use of the RBF4AERO platform by means of the FORTISSIMO Marketplace (https://www.fortissimo-project.eu/). The Consortium is discussing a roadmap to further enhance the platform numerical capabilities. Stay connected with us through our website: www.rbf4aero.eu

  • Technological Observatory (TO)

    The Brazilian Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE-DCTA) in São José dos Campos, SP, created in 2012 its Technological Observatory (TO) with the mission of identifying trends and changes that the space sector is going through. Among the most important of these trends and changes occurring presently, this research group is studying the increasing role of private enterprises in space exploration, as well as the boom in patents deposited and launching of smallsats.

    The IAE’s TO intends to contribute to the research on how these present trends will help to overcome the great challenge of making access to space cheaper and safer, as well as on how to speed up the technological and politic solutions for space debris.

    Picture: Progress in the quantity of yearly space-related patents (B64G) from 1985 until 2014, based on Derwent database; right: bi-logistic fit for the accumulated quantity of small satellites in the time span 1995–2015

    Technological Observatory (TO)
  • TraMOOC

    TraMOOC, being in its 2nd year of development, conducted successfully on the 27th of September 2016 the M18 mid-term review meeting in Luxembourg where the progress performed during the first half of the project was presented to the European Commission Project Officer and the EC reviewers who provided their valuable feedback. The highlights of this period include the initial integration of the Machine Translation systems in a real-live MOOC platform which proved the viability of the work performed within the project and the thorough comparison of phrase-based, syntax-based, and neural machine translation algorithms on MOOC-related test data. In terms of disseminating the important research results of the project, during the last months TraMOOC was present at the Translating Europe Forum 2016, the 11th International Workshop on Semantic and Social Media Adaptation and Personalization (SMAP 2016), the Languages and the Media 2016 and the 12th IFIP International Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (AIAI 2016).

    In a nutshell, important technical work has been performed during this period and most of this period’s objectives have been achieved. More information about the project's progress and latest results is available on the project's progress timeline. You may also follow us on our social media groups and pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube).

    Find out more here: www.tramooc.eu

    TraMOOC, TraMOOC
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