EASN Newsletter - December 2019


  • 10th EASN International Conference on "Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens"

    The EASN Association and the University of Salerno are glad to announce the 10th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens” which will take place in Salerno, Italy from the 2nd until the 5th of September, 2020. The conference venue will be located at the Fisciano Campus of the University of Salerno.

    The aim of this gathering is dual. To act as a forum where innovative ideas, breakthrough concepts and disruptive technologies are presented, while in parallel be the place for disseminating the knowledge and results achieved in the frame of research projects of the Aviation and Space field. The previous 9th EASN International Conference, held in Athens, Greece in September 2019, has been the most successful amongst the events organized by EASN and was attended by more than 450 participants from various disciplines.  

    Like its predecessors, the 10th EASN International Conference will include a number of Plenary Talks by distinguished personalities of the European Aviation and Space sectors from the academia, industry, research community and policy makers. It will also include Thematic Sessions, along with Technical Workshops where evolving ideas, technologies, products, services and processes will be discussed. Furthermore, the conference is expected to be a major European Dissemination and Exploitation event of Aviation and Space - related research. The majority of the currently running research projects will exploit the 3-days technical program to present their activities and achieved goals, discuss on current trends and future needs of the Aviation and Space - related research and try to identify possible synergies with each other. Additionally, a number of policy development projects will also find the floor to present the strategic priorities of the European aviation sector with regard to the challenges of FlightPath2050 and the expected “Horizon Europe” Framework Programme.   
    Last but not least, the 10th EASN International Conference will be accompanied by a small exhibition where the overview of the Aviation & Space ecosystem in Italy will be presented.

    In this frame, you are cordially invited to join us and be part of this year’s conversation of the European Aviation & Space community! Therefore, submit your abstract for presentation at the 10th EASN International Conference and ensure your participation by registering here and taking advantage of the Early Bird Registration Fees which are offered at a discounted rate until the 10th of July, 2020! For more information for the Topics, the Key-Dates, the Key Note Speakers and the International Scientific Committee can be found at the official website of the 10th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens”.

  • 9th EASN International Conference on "Innovation in Aviation & Space"

    The 9th EASN International Conference on "Innovation in Aviation & Space", the largest and most comprehensive gathering of the EASN Association so far, was successfully held in Athens, Greece from the 3rd until the 6th of September, 2019.

    The EASN Association, the University of Patras and the National Technical University of Athens would like to address a big thank you to the Key Note Speakers, Session Chairs, Authors and Presenters, the members of the High level National Advisory Board, the International Scientific Committee and the local Organizing Committee to make this Conference a huge event. The event included 9 Κey - Νote Lectures and more than 360 technical presentations distributed in approximately 70 sessions. Furthermore, 40 HORIZON2020 projects disseminated their latest research results as well as the future trends on the respective technological field. In total more than 450 participants joined the 9th EASN International Conference.

    During the four days gathering, distinguished personalities of the European Aviation & Space sector, updated the delegates on the future Industrial trends and the European priorities with respect to the medium and long-term goals. More specifically: 

    • European Commission`s Dr. Michael Kyriakopoulos shared his viewpoint about "EU Research and Innovation for a sustainable aviation: a perspective for the future"
    • Mr. Andrea Gentili from the European Commission as well, ended the 9th EASN International Conference with his useful and interesting concluding remarks regarding the "EU research and Innovation for a sustainable aviation"
    • Mr. Ron Van Manen from the Clean Sky JU, had a fruitful lecture about "Adapting to Survive: Aviation's existential challenge to sustain its role in a net-zero carbon future"
    • Mr. Charalampos Papaspyros from Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI), spoke about the "H.A.I: Capabilities, role & contribution to the Aerospace Community"
    • Mr. Yann Barbaux from AIRBUS SAS and Aerospace Valley Cluster, spoke about "From ICARUS to AMAZON, what makes humans fly? Electric propulsion, Autonomy and Connectivity at the core of future flying vehicles"
    • Mr. Jean-Marc Astorg from Centre National d` Etudes Spatiales (CNES), presented the "Panorama of past, current and future European launchers"
    • Dr. Jean-Francois Brouckaert from the Clean Sky JU gave a keynote lecture on: "An outlook on the future of Turbofans and Aircraft Propulsion Systems"
    • Prof. Andreas Strohmayer of the Board of Directors of EASN shared the EASN approach about the "ASTORIA: Unmanned Aerial Systems targeted at Open Research & Innovation Actions in Europe" and last but not least
    • Dr. Giuseppe G. Daquino from European Defence Agency (EDA) presented the "Unleashing the Potentiality of European Collaborative Defence in Aviation and Space".

    The Proceedings of the 9th EASN International Conference will be published soon, by MATEC Web of Conferences, an Open Access publication series dedicated to archiving conference proceedings dealing with all fundamental and applied research aspects. Further to the proceedings, a number of selected papers will be published in international journals following peer review. The international journals in which full papers will be published are the following:

    Last but not least, one of the full papers submitted for the Conference Proceedings will be awarded as the Best Paper of the 9th EASN International Conference. The winner will be announced soon and the upcoming EASN newsletter will host an interview of him. 

    Finally, EASN has announced its 10th EASN International Conference on "Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens" that will be held in Salerno, Italy on September 2nd to 5th, 2020. The event is co-organized by EASN Association and the University of Salerno and it will be hosted in the Salerno University premises. 

    Looking forward to welcoming you in Salerno!

  • New BoD of the EASN Association

    The 10th EASN General Assembly took place in Athens on September 3rd, 2019 aside the 9th EASN International Conference. During the General Assembly, the Board of Directors was dissolved and candidates for a new BoD were announced. The EASN BoD election took place on Wednesday, September 4th. In the subsequent first meeting of the new Board of Directors, the positions of the BoD members within the Board have been assigned. The composition of the new BoD is as follows:

    • Chairman: Prof. Andreas Strohmayer, University of Stuttgart
    • Vice - Chairman: Prof. Konstantinos Kontis, University of Glasgow
    • Secretary General: Dr. Helge Pfeiffer, KU Leuven
    • Treasurer: Prof. Mario Guagliano, Politecnico di Milano
    • Scientific Advisory Officer: Prof. Elena Jasiuniene, Kaunas University of Technology
    • Industrial Advisory Officer: Prof. Konstantinos Tserpes, University of Patras

    EASN is entering a new era as Prof. Andreas Strohmayer (Dept. of Aircraft Design, University of Stuttgart), has been appointed as the new Chairman of the EASN Association. In addition, the title of EASN Honorary Chairman was granted to Prof. Spiros Pantelakis, in recognition of his exceptional contribution and long-lasting support to the Association. On the occasion of this new beginning, the newly elected EASN Chairman Prof. Andreas Strohmayer and the EASN Honorary Chairman Prof. Spiros Pantelakis share their thoughts in a common interview for the current status and the upcoming steps of the Association. Read the full interview here. 

  • EASN International Workshop on Space

    The EASN Association is glad to announce an International Workshop on Space, under the topic: "Implementing the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Space: The Academia Response". 

    The event will be held on the 3rd of April 2020 and it will be hosted by the RWTH Aachen University

    In recent years the impact of space technologies and applications on the European societies has been dramatically increased. Today space technologies represent an essential industrial sector and contribute appreciably to Europe’s economy and the satisfaction of the European citizens. Furthermore, the EU is seeking to achieve independence in both civil and defense concern in the space sector. In order to achieve this, the EU aims both to accelerate the maturation of existing European technologies and to define and implement new disruptive concepts with strong competitive potential. Heavy industry sector, SMEs, research institutions, research centres and academia should make a major contribution towards this objective under close cooperation. To respond to the above urgent needs the European Stakeholders and the European Commission have jointly elaborated the European Research and Innovation Agenda with the aim to implement it as part of the expected Horizon Europe program. The successful implementation of this agenda will be not possible without the significant contribution of Academia.

    In this frame EASN, being the representative of the Academia Stakeholders, is organizing the Workshop on Space with main aims to:

    1. Present SRIA for Space by underlying the challenges as well as the research priorities of Academia.
    2. Elaborate a concept as well as the approaches of making the involvement of the entire Academia including non-EASN members in implementing SRIA manageable.

    In this frame, you are cordially invited to participate in the EASN International Workshop on Space. More information will be announced soon, through the EASN Association website

  • Progress on shaping the Clean Aviation partnership on "Horizon Europe"

    In the frame of the preparation of the next Framework Programme “Horizon Europe”, the European Aviation community is committed to respond to the main challenges of the future and contribute to the European Green Deal, recently announced by the new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. In this context, the aviation stakeholders are working on the preparation of a new European Partnership for Clean Aviation under Horizon Europe. This new partnership will aim at developing & delivering the technologies needed for a deep decarbonization of the sector by 2035, towards a climate neutral aviation by 2050. To achieve this ambitious and challenging objective, the Clean Aviation programme will target on:

    • Developing new, disruptive and high-performing green technologies through fundamental upstream research.
    • Accelerating the innovation cycles of the new technologies in order to reduce the lead times from science to business.
    • Integrating the new technologies into existing aircraft fleets and new products/aviation systems.

    The EASN Association, being the stakeholder of the European Academia in this partnership, participates to the Clean Aviation preparation group.

  • 3rd EASN NCP meeting

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    National Contact Points are EASN’s direct contact link for the Academia in their countries and at the same time the entrance point for co-operation requests from other Stakeholders (Industry, SMEs, Research Establishments, Public). The 3rd EASN National Contact Points (NCP) meeting was successfully held on the 6th of September 2019 in Athens, in the frame of the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”. In this fruitful meeting the EASN NCP members had the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss the progress achieved and decide on future steps and actions.

    The 4th EASN NCP meeting will be held on May 12th 2020, in Berlin, Germany, aside to the ILA Berlin 2020 (8th European Aeronautics Days)

    More information regarding the EASN NCPs can be found here.

  • 4th EASN SAB meeting

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    The 4th EASN Stakeholders Advisory Board​ (SAB) meeting took place on the 5th of September 2019 in Athens, during the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”. The EASN SAB members discussed the progress performed and planned activities for the next period. The EASN Stakeholders Advisory Board consists of seven distinguished personalities of the aeronautics community: 

    1. Mr. Eric Dautriatformer Executive Director of Clean Sky and Clean Sky 2
    2. Dr. Dietrich Knoerzerformer Senior Officer in the Aviation Unit of the DG Transport, EC
    3. Mr. Jens König, Airbus Operations GmbH
    4. Mr. Volker KrajenskiGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)
    5. Prof. Dr. Dieter SchmittACS - Aeronautical Consulting & Solutions
    6. Prof. Dr. Andreas StrohmayerUniversity of Stuttgart and Chairman of the EASN Association
    7. Dr. Gioia VenturiniSAFRAN Group

    The 5th EASN SAB meeting will take place on the 1st of April 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. For more information about the EASN SAB, please click here

  • Aerospace's "8th EASN-CEAS Workshop" online special issue and Book are now published

    A special issue of the international, peer-reviewed Open Access journal Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310) dedicated to the "8th EASN-CEAS Workshop on Manufacturing for Growth and Innovation" has been now published online! The motivation of this special issue is to ensure excellence and high scientific merit of the EASN Conference series. Authors of outstanding papers related to aerospace manufacturing, that presented their work at the"8th EASN-CEAS Workshop", held in Glasgow, UK, 4–7 September, 2018 were selected to create a very interesting online book. In order to be able to retrieve the online version of the special issue and the printed edition of the respective Book (Pbk ISBN: 978-3-03921-485-3; PDF ISBN: 978-3-03921-486-0) please click please click here and here respectively. 

EASN supported projects: Latest news and achievements

  • The EU-funded NHYTE (New Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite Aerostructures manufactured by Out of Autoclave Continuous Automated Technologies) project is shedding new light on the aerospace materials market by developing a recyclable hybrid thermoplastic (TP) composite material with multifunctional capabilities. This material will enable NHYTE researchers to create innovative and green integrated aero-structures by out of autoclave continuous automated technologies while by the end of the project researchers will also introduce us the new techniques and concepts used to develop these TP aero-structures.

    What has the consortium been up to since our last update? NHYTE team has carried out the mechanical characterization on the manufactured coupons, defining the setup parameters both for In Situ Consolidation with Automated Fiber Placement (ISC AFP) process and manual layup followed by low cost autoclave process. The ISC AFP provides users with thermoplastic based composite parts without requiring autoclave consolidation obtaining improved cycle times, lower energy consumptions and greener production.

    Further to the above, carbon fiber stringers for aerospace applications were produced by an advanced continuous forming process. Through this process, thermoplastic preforms were laid down with Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) technology and the fabrication process was completed by an advanced continuous forming or simply non-isothermal compression molding.

    On the 26th of November, 2019 the NHYTE Consortium held its M30 Progress Meeting in Bath, UK where partners discussed about the current status of the research activities and the future steps that will take the project to the next level towards achieving its objectives.

    Important results are continuously disseminated through the NHTE scientific papers, the collection of which is available in our dedicated ZENODO community.

    To stay updated- follow www.nhyte-h2020.eu

  • SLOWD (SLOshing Wing Dynamics) is a Horizon 2020 collaborative project the consortium of which consists of nine partners from EU countries and one from South Africa.

    The main objective of the project is to investigate the effect of sloshing on the dynamics of wing structures carrying fuel through the development of experimental, numerical and analytical methods, and to use sloshing to reduce loads from gusts and turbulence. SLOWD is the first project to propose full scale wing tests including slosh dynamics. An increase of 50% in the damping of the structure is expected. Standard engineering practices for wing and aircraft design do not consider fuel movement within the tanks to determine aircraft design loads. SLOWD focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art in the field of sloshing/structure/control to significantly boost the European aerospace industry competitiveness. Also, it aims to make recommendations to EASA for safer and more competitive aerospace design practices.

    The ambitious project has been launched in September 2019 and will be developed across a 36-month period. The SLOWD kick-off meeting was held between the 10th and 11th of September 2019, in Bristol, UK.

    Updated information regarding the progress of the SLOWD project will be available soon through the SLOWD official website.

  • SARAH (Increased Safety & Robust Certification for ditching of Aircrafts & Helicopters) has successfully completed a three-year period of project activities. Strong progress was achieved especially with regard to the simulation of ditching of helicopters performed by high-fidelity methods and regarding the extensive test-program which delivered significant data to the consortium.

    On September 4th, 2019 SARAH organized a session in the frame of the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space under the title “R&D Research in the Field of Aeronautics & Air Transport” and chaired by Stephan Adden. The project introduced the progress and results up to date through the following presentations: 1. Scaled Model Experiments Of The Ditching Phase (by Emanuele Spinosa); 2. A Fully-Nonlinear Potential Flow Model For Aircraft Ditching Applications (by Alessandro Del Buono); 3 Aircraft Ditching Simulation With Ditch (by Thomas Rung); 4. Prerequisites for the accurate prediction of hydrodynamic impact loads in mesh-based ditching simulations (by Maximilian Müller); 5. Novel energy absorbing concepts for ditching scenarios (by Jendrik Seiler); SARAH: Increased Safety and Robust Certification for Ditching of Aircrafts and Helicopters (by Stephan Adden); Development of structural fuselage models for numerical analysis of aircraft ditching events (by Malte Woidt); SARAH - Some outcomes Contributing to Helicopter ditching (by Séverin Halbout); Experimental testing of helicopter ditching in waves, from specifications to tests (by Jeremy Ohana).

    Furthermore, the project has extended its three-year lifetime for six more months as exciting research results are expected to be delivered by the SARAH team of experts. For more detailed information about SARAH project, please visit the project website.

  • The EU-funded ICARUS-SW project is introducing a software tool particularly designed to describe the grain boundary of materials, providing a new solution that paves the way towards describing the thermodynamics of nanocrystalline materials. There are several commercial Calphad software products on the market for the simulation & modeling of phase diagrams & thermochemistry supporting the exploration of new materials. However, ICARUS-SW provides a new approach where grain boundaries are taken into consideration.

    ICARUS-SW offers nano-specific calculations (NanoCalphad) as well as the possibility of describing the nanostructure of materials. Thus, conceptually new structural materials, engineered nanostructures for catalysis & energy production, radiation-tolerant metals, lightweight alloys, corrosion-resistant coatings/thin films will become available unlocking many challenges faced nowadays by science & technology in various fields.

    The ICARUS-SW tool is research result of the “parent” project ICARUS that was finalized on August 2019. Now in the frame of the ICARUS-SW project its in-depth market analysis, business planning and other exploitation and dissemination related activities will be defined and implemented. Crossing the eighth month of the project’s one-year lifetime, the ICARUS-SW team of experts is currently collecting feedback on the needs and requirements of the end users of such type of software through interviews. Furthermore, interviews with software houses of similar software tools are conducted, in order to assess the requirements from the side of the software vendor. Findings from these qualitative interviews help the project team to analyse the exploitation potential of their ICARUS-SW.

    Catch up with all latest news on ICARUS-SW website and learn more for our project through this interesting video

  • Just before completing the second year of its lifetime RUMBLE has successfully organized a project dedicated session and its 1st Open Workshop, where participants from the European and International (NASA, JAXA) aerospace community, as well participants from other European projects (ANIMA, ARTEM, STRATOFLY) had the unique chance to attend and share their views regarding low sonic boom and supersonic flight. Furthermore, the RUMBLE Open Workshop was a perfect opportunity to engage with stakeholders presenting the results of the work performed so far within the project.

    The dual event was held on the 4th of September 2019 in the frame of the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”, in Athens. The close collaboration between partners will continue online until the next face-to-face meeting.

    For more information and regular updates on the RUMBLE Project, please visit: https://rumble-project.eu.

Coordination and Support Actions: Latest news

  • OSCAR Survey on OPEN SCIENCE in aviation!

    The H2020 project OSCAR - Open ScienCe Aeronautic & Air Transport Research, aims at paving the way towards Open Science in European aviation research by detailed analysis of the landscape and by developing, validating, and promoting a suitable Open Science concept.

    OPEN SCIENCE is about improving science, industry and society by making the contents and processes of research freely accessible and reusable. The concept promises significant benefits, and the European Union has the clear intention to foster OPEN SCIENCE in the next Framework Programme Horizon Europe. But is OPEN SCIENCE the right path for European AAT (aviation & air transport) research? OSCAR shall find out.

    What is this survey about?

    This survey asks for your opinion on various aspects of OPEN SCIENCE. The survey will take 15-30 minutes. All information is voluntary and anonymous. We ask for a participation up to 31.01.2020. You have the following 3 options for participating in the OSCAR Survey: 1. Visit OSCAR website, 2. Use the OSCAR Big Survey direct link from LimeSurvey or 3. Scan the QR Code below. 

    Join OSCAR on social media and stay updated on its activities and news! OSCAR Twitter account and the OSCAR LinkedIn Group.

  • ICARe is heading towards the finish line of delivering concrete recommendations to the European Commission for future international collaboration, between the European Union and other countries (third and associated), in the domain of research and innovation for aviation.

    In this context, the following interconnected activities are in the final polishing phase, with the strong involvement of all the European aviation stakeholders:

    • The “golden nuggets” (identified couples of country-technology) in the 21 countries of ICARe perimeter for potential future cooperation are fine-tuned.
    • The final bilateral exchanges with the major players worldwide (USA, Canada, China, Japan, Russia) are integrated. In this context, a dedicated workshop with Canada took place in Ottawa on the 14th of November and one more is expected at the beginning of February 2020 with the USA.
    • The 21 country profiles are updated so as to provide the required input for the elaboration of the holistic International Cooperation strategy.

    Expecting to complete the final set of recommendation by March 2020, ICARe has already made arrangements to organize an open public final event in the frame of TandemAeroDays2020 in Berlin (13-14 May 2020). The tentative title of the workshop is “Greening of aviation, an International Challenge for Aviation in 2050”. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide the floor for discussion on how the greening of aviation is addressed in other countries (i.e. China, Canada, Russia, Japan, USA) and how the international collaboration is a facilitator.

    Stay connected with ICARe through the ICARE website which is continuously updated! Soon further information will be available regarding our final event!


Other latest news and achievements

  • FUCAM Award

    Mormedi wins the German Design Award for the FUCAM super eco seat

    Mormedi, the international design and innovation consultancy, as part of the Future Cabin for the Asian Market (FUCAM) consortium, has won the Excellent Product Design Award in the Aviation, Maritime, and Railway category at the German Design Awards 2019 for the Super Eco Seat. Redefining low-cost flying the Super Eco Seat is optimized for a high-density cabin, aimed at Asian low-cost carriers. It was developed as a response to the changing needs of Asian markets where a considerable increase in travel volume and shuttle journeys is expected.

    The Super Eco Seat is designed as part of a high-density upper cabin, which is complemented by a lower deck Air Lounge and Experience Space, utilizing an interchangeable cargo container system. The lower deck offers services and entertainment options on a pay-per-use basis. Revolutionizing concepts Jaime Moreno, founder and CEO of Mormedi, said, “We are proud that the Super Eco Seat has been recognized in one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world. This new concept is needed to help make airline travel accessible for a huge new emerging passenger segment in Asia. By combining the Super Eco Seat with new in-cabin spaces, air travel can be not only economically feasible, but more enjoyable from the passenger perspective.”

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