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EASN Newsletter - May 2019

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

    The forthcoming September, the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space will take place, between the 3rd and the 6th September 2019, at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”, in Athens, Greece. The Conference is co-organized by the EASN Association, the University of Patras and the National Technical University of Athens and it will be performed with the kind support of the Clean Sky Joint Undertaking, the Greek Aeronautical Community, i.e. the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation, the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI), and the Hellenic Space Technologies and Applications Cluster (si-Cluster). The 2019 EASN gathering is expected to be a major European Dissemination event of Aviation & Space related research as illustrated by the following facts and figures:

    • More than 300 presentations structured in approximately 70 technical sessions
    • Amongst them 40 (H2020) projects as well as a number of workshops dedicated to the regional dimensions of Clean Sky, Support Actions for coordinating Research in the field of Aviation, etc.
    • Dedicated round tables and discussion panels
    • An exhibition area accommodating 10 representatives of the Greek Aviation and Space ecosystem
    • 9 Keynote Lectures given by distinguished personalities of the European Aviation and Space Community.

    As mentioned above the 9th EASN International Conference consists of technical presentations structured in dedicated sessions as well as keynote speeches from distinguished personalities of the European Aviation & Space sector. The names of the, so far, confirmed Key-Note Speakers and the respective presentation titles are the following:  

    • Mrs. Clara De La Torre | European Commission, Director of Transport in DG Research & Innovation; Key Note Lecture on: "EU research in aviation: achievements and future perspectives"
    • Mr. Jean-Marc Astorg | Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Head of Launch Vehicles Directorate; Key Note Lecture on: "A panorama of past, current and future European launchers"
    • Mr. Yann Barbaux | AIRBUS SAS, Senior-Vice President & AEROSPACE VALLEY Cluster, Executive Chairman; Key Note Lecture on: "From ICARUS to AMAZON, what makes Humans fly? Electric propulsion, Autonomy and Connectivity at the core of future flying vehicles"
    • Dr. Jean-Francois Brouckaert | Clean Sky, Project Officer Sustainable and Green Engines; Key Note Lecture on: "An outlook on the future of Turbofans and Aircraft Propulsion Systems"
    • Dr. Giuseppe G. Daquino | European Defence Agency (EDA) Project Officer Materials & Structures Technologies; Key Note Lecture on: "Unleashing the Potentiality of European Collaborative Defence in Aviation and Space"
    • Mr. Charalampos Papaspyros | Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI), Vice President of BoD; Key Note Lecture on: "H.A.I: Capabilities, role & contribution to the Aerospace Community"
    • Mr. Andrea Pontremoli | Dallara, CEO and General Manager; Key Note Lecture title to be announced soon
    • Mr. Bernd Sommer | German Aerospace Center (DLR), Head Automation and Robotics; Key Note Lecture title to be announced soon
    • Prof. Andreas Strohmayer | EASN, Member of the BoD and Industrial Advisory Officer & University of Stuttgart, Professor for Aircraft Design; Key Note Lecture on:  "ASTORIA: Unmanned Aerial Systems targeted at Open Research & Innovation Actions in Europe”, 

    The abstract submission for the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space is shifted to the 10th of June 2019. Prospective participants are invited to register on the conference platform and to take advantage of the early bird fees. More information about the Conference are posted on a regular basis on the EASN website as well as on the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space official website.

  • Visit EASN booth at the TandemAERodays19.20!

    For almost three decades, the European Aeronautics Days (Aerodays) has been the leading event in aviation research and innovation, mirroring the priorities and strategies set within the European Union's Research Framework Programmes. This year's 8th edition will take place from 27 to 30 May in Bucharest, Romania and is co-organised by the European Commission and the Romanian Presidency of the European Council. TandemAERodays19.20 is a unique event as it intends to provide a platform to share and review the latest developments in aeronautics and air transport across the European Union, further strengthening its leadership on a highly competitive and strategic international market.

    The European Aeronautics Science Network is pleased to announce its strong and active participation at the TandemAERodays19.20 by hosting its own dedicated booth, where BoD and NCP members of the EASN Association will be present and available for short B2B meetings. In this context, mark your calendars and join EASN exhibition booth (Booth: S40) which is located outside the Sala Cuza (main plenary room) on the first floor of the Palace of Parliament (view the map here).

    We will be glad to welcome you and share with you our aspects about the recent trends and challenges of the European & International aviation research landscape. Requests for B2B meetings may be sent to: contact@easn.net.

    Check out the complete Aerodays 2019 programme and register now on the event's official website.

  • Interview of the Clean Sky 2 Executive Director, Mr. Axel Krein

    EASN Association is pleased to host an interview of Mr. Axel Krein (short CV here), Executive Director of Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking. Mr. Krein kindly accepted to share with the readers of the EASN Newsletter his views on the occasion of taking on the role of the Executive Director of Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking and on his perspective regarding the role of academia on Clean Sky 2 as well as the prospective Horizon - Europe programme. Read the full interview on the EASN website by visiting the following link.

  • Communication of the EASN Board of Directors

    EASN Association

    The Board of Directors of the EASN Association, in its recent meeting that took place in Brussels on April 5th, 2019, discussed the important issue of Aeronautics Research and Innovation in Horizon Europe. The BoD reconfirmed its belief for the need of a dedicated and renewed Research and Innovation aeronautics programme in order to cope with the specifities of the Sector and considered the joint EASN-EREA-ASD position paper (which can be found here) on Aeronautics Research and Innovation Europe, released on December 3rd, 2018 as opportune and valid. Furthermore, the BoD of EASN underlineed the necessity to create synergies between the sectors in order to boost the development of technological innovation and new knowledge, as well as the exploration of disruptive technologies and concepts. The EASN Associaton confirms its full commitment to work towards creating such synergies. Finally, the BoD confirmed the commitment of the EASN Association to implement Open Policies on disseminating knowledge, innovation and data. These policies will be implemented in the context of an adequate Code of Conduct. More information can be found here.

  • Kick-off meeting of the EASN National Contact Points Team

    The EASN Association has revitalized the role of the National Contact Points (NCP’s). National Contact Points will be EASN’s direct contact link for the Academia in their countries and at the same time entrance point for co-operation requests from other Stakeholders (Industry, SMEs, Research Establishments, Public).

    The EASN NCP Team, composed by 18 distinguished scientists representing the country where they act, officially launched its activities, during the 1st EASN NCP meeting which was held at the CIMNE premises in Barcelona, Spain, on the 1st of February 2019. In this fruitful kick-off meeting the EASN NCP members had the opportunity to exchange ideas and decide on future steps and actions.

    The 2nd EASN NCP meeting will take place in Bucharest on the 29th of May, during the Tandem Aerodays19-20.

    More information regarding the National Contact Points can be found here

  • CPD Seminar on Bonded Composite Repair of Aircraft Structures

    With less than one month remaining for the opening of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Seminar on "Bonded Composite Repair of Aircraft Structures: Contemporary Challenges and Latest Innovations", the preliminary agenda of the event has been released and it is available here. The CPD Seminar will take place in Paris, France between the 18th and the 20th June, 2019 and is co-organized by the EASN Association and GMI Aero, the leading European composite repair equipment manufacturer. The seminar will be composed of 2 days of speeches, and 1 day of visiting the Air Show on a professional day.

    The proposed CPD Seminar will present the recent innovations and research results, as derived from the academic community, while providing practical application examples and demonstration with possibilities of hands-on experience to its participants. It mainly targets composite repair engineers and technicians (working either in engineering, technical or training departments) of airlines and MROs, as well as PhD candidates and postgraduate students, with R&D interests in bonded composite repairs and potential employment outlook in the aeronautical industry.

    During the seminar, experienced industrial personnel, together with academic experts, will provide an insight of recent R&I developments and critical issues in the field of bonded composite repair, ensuring that seminar participants acquire a full “process understanding” and learn “innovative solutions”, to support reliable application of bonded repairs, even on Class I (safety critical) structures. A limited number of free seats is still available. Visit the official CPD webpage and enroll at your earliest convenience here

    Note: The seminar venue has been changed! The CPD seminar will take place at Club Laffitte Conference Center right in the heart of Paris, just between Opera Garnier and Gare du Nord. Find updated information regarding the venue and the nearby hotels here

  • The ARCPORT collaborative platform has been launched

    A collaboration platform entirely dedicated to the Aviation community has been developed in the frame of the H2020 RADIAN project.

    The Aeronautics Research Collaboration PORTal – ARCPORT – is a smart, full-scale networking platform aimed to promote collaboration and provide networking opportunities among its users. This platform develops automated processes to notify users about news, events, call topics and other relevant information based on their specialized interests. It also provides immediate interaction and collaboration among the users through the provision of collaborative virtual rooms, live chat, internal messages, document sharing etc. ARCPORT is a secure, reliable, open and free to use portal without any limitation. Join in now at www.arcport.eu!

EASN supported EU-funded projects: Latest news and achievements

  • The Horizon 2020 NHYTE (New Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite Aerostructures manufactured by Out of Autoclave Continuous Automated Technologies) project researches to develop manufacturing methodologies of innovative and green integrated aerostructures by out of autoclave continuous automated technologies. These aerostructures will be produced by a new recyclable hybrid thermoplastic composite material with multifunctional capabilities.
     
    Since the time of our last update, the first mechanical tests were performed on the new hybrid thermoplastic based composite material in order to conduct its mechanical characterization while first results proved to be very promising. Within the upcoming months the project team will be gathered in Barcelona for its M24 Progress Meeting so as to discuss and elaborate on all the latest scientific and technical achievements and agree on next steps.
     
    Within the past months, the list of the NHYTE dedicated scientific peer-reviewed publications was further enriched with two new scientific papers of our project colleague Ch. V. Katsiropoulos (LTSM) under the titles “Comparative Environmental and Cost Analysis of Alternative Production Scenarios Associated with a Helicopter's Canopy” and “Carbon footprint and financial evaluation of an aeronautic component production using different manufacturing processes” that were published in the MDPI Aerospace and in the International Journal of Structural Integrity respectively. Additionally, our research activities and achievements to date will be presented at the Paris Air Show 2019 in the stand of our Applus, NOVOTECH and CETMA colleagues.

    To stay updated with all our latest news, please follow www.nhyte-h2020.eu.
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  • The ICARUS (Innovative Coarsening-resistant Alloys with enhanced Radiation tolerance and Ultrafine-grained Structure for aerospace application) project is heading towards the end of its lifetime and therefore is on the road to its completion in its third and final year. In May 9th and 10th 2019, the M30 physical Consortium Progress Meeting was conducted, in Patras, Greece, where participants indicated that all project activities are well on track, advancing seamlessly towards their completion. More specifically, the main outcomes of the ICARUS developments are:
    • a predictive tool for exploring and designing of new binary and multinary nc alloys with enhanced properties
    • fabrication of nanocrystalline binary alloys as radically new materials solution for extreme-conditions aerospace applications
    The final results are expected to meet the requirements of the project’s concept, allowing for the successful conclusion of the ICARUS activities.
     
    On Monday 17th to Thursday 20th of June, 2019 the ICARUS Consortium will welcome visitors and early stage researchers in a workshop dedicated to the ICARUS research activities that will be held in Burgos, Spain. Through this important experience early stage researchers will get the opportunity to be specifically trained on the cutting-edge science and technology intrinsic to the ICARUS project by leading researchers. More information and details will be soon available on the ICARUS official website.

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  • SARAH (Increased Safety and robust certification for ditching of aircrafts and helicopters) is concerned with establishing novel holistic, simulation-based approaches to the analysis of emergency ditching for helicopters and airplanes.
    The project is currently in its third year of activities and several important milestones have been achieved so far. In particular, SARAH progresses its pace towards delivering:
    • More robust and reliable solutions for aircraft and helicopters, based on new methodology and new technologies.
    • A better understanding of environmental phenomena, but also solutions to protect the airplane / helicopter via analysis of wave and ground effects and aircraft handling capabilities
    In a nutshell, the overall progress is meeting and in individual cases exceeding expectations regarding the SARAH outcomes. Our research and experimental activities as well as the important tools developed in the frame of the project are presented through some very interesting interviews of the SARAH experts that are available for view here.
    For accessing the SARAH open-access scientific publications, please visit the ZENODO SARAH Community. For more information about the project please visit the SARAH website.

    Picture: Pressure field of NACA validation testcase for ditching, simulated with SPH-flow software which was  jointly developed by LHEEA, CNR-INM & NextFlow Software and was used to simulate violent free surface impacts.

  • RUMBLE (RegUlation and norM for low sonic Boom LEvels) has completed a successful period of project activities and has entered the second and most impactful half of its three year lifetime. During this period the consortium successfully organized its 2nd Progress Meeting at the Sorbonne University facilities in Paris, France on the 13th and 14th of March, 2019 with the aim to review the essential technical work and the latest scientific achievements as well as to exchange ideas and agree on the next steps.

    RUMBLE will be present at the International Paris Air Show between the 17th and 23rd of June, 2019 during which the next Review Meeting will take place. The project will showcase its current progress and upcoming results, along with a live demonstration of the sonic boom simulator. In the same time, RUMBLE is organizing its upcoming session and open workshop, which will be held in the frame of the “9th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space”, in September 2019 at the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR “Demokritos”) Congress Center.

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

  • EFFICOMP (Efficient Composite Parts Manufacturing) project has now completed its lifetime. The three years of the project were dedicated to the development of efficient processes and efficient certification tools for the fast-track cost-effective composite aircraft of the future. The EFFICOMP project analyzed the requirements, the curing cycles and the long process times that composites have today mainly due to the intensive utilization of autoclave processes to manufacture them. Furthermore, new requirements coming from composite material specificity such as lightning strike and sparking were taken into consideration. From these inputs, new efficient processes capable of high rate production at low cost were proposed, helping avoid investment in many autoclaves. In particular, the EFFICOMP concept includes:

    An Advanced Ply Placement process, that uses a new fully automated robot programming, enabling the trajectories to be calculated, visualized and easily adapted. This resulted to a process that is much faster, easier and more intuitive to use.

    An assembly process for joining the thermoset composite flat skin and thermoplastic composite omega stiffeners of a stiffened panel was also developed. Ultrasonic sequential spot welding was used to assemble the two parts, which is a very fast and cost-effective process. This research provided guidelines for the successful welding of the validation element, revealed the potential that the ultrasonic welding has to replace the traditional mechanical fastening and provided valuable information about future roads for disassembly of welded components.

    The Hybrid Mold Tempering (fluid- & convection-based) combines 2 tempering processes and offers the possibility to carry out production cycles of CFRP structures much more efficiently and faster. The result of this investigation is that the water-tempered processes can shorten the standard tempering process in the autoclave by about 10 hours. Furthermore, a much more effective and faster manufacturing process leads to shorter plant occupancy times and saves valuable resources and thus costs.

    The Cost Analysis in the EFFICOMP project was performed based on the standards for environmental management from ISO-14040, ISO-14043, and ISO-14044 to serve the technical and societal objectives of Flightpath 2050 “Europe’s vision for aeronautics” and ACARE 2020. The analysis includes methods and applications for the system boundary definitions, process modeling, data collection, cost analysis, and benefit assessment. The capability of assessing novel technologies in the early development phase have been enhanced for the cost analysis and prepared to cover further technical and societal relevant impacts but also environmental impacts.

    The major benefit of the EFFICOMP project will lead to a more holistic approach regarding the out of autoclave methods and advance the latest scientific data for the increased utilization of the models, enabling the reduction of ticket prices, shipments and cargos.

    For more information and updates please visit the EFFICOMP website.

  • The FUCAM project has recently completed its 36-month duration, which was marked with the project’s two final meetings that were held in Tokyo, Japan and in Brussels, Belgium on January 2019 and on March 2019, respectively. The main aim of both events was to showcase the cutting-edge future cabin solutions developed during the three-year span of the project, meeting the needs of the Japanese and Chinese markets. Among the developed concepts presented, participants could get an overview of the activities and insights in the scouting on future technologies and passenger & market research. Highlight of these event was an impressive demonstrator of the FUCAM conceptual cabin interior design, that was presented in detail to the participants by the FUCAM experts.

    By the end of the project, the partners successfully analyzed the user requirements of the airlines and passengers in the key markets of Japan, China and South-East Asia. In parallel, they established a panorama of the innovative cabin technologies emerging in Europe and Japan. From these inputs, a cabin concept was composed providing innovative high density seat layouts and dedicated seat solutions on the main deck, combined with extra offers on the lower deck. In particular, the FUCAM concept includes:

    A business traveler seat that focuses on efficiently meeting the preferences and the essential needs specific to short and medium range flights, along with light and simple structure to achieve benefits such as lighter weight and increased pitch, while providing an excellent travel experience.

    A bench-style economy seat with light structural solutions, along with features providing comfort and convenience to the travel experience. This includes a wider middle seat usable for example by single passengers, families or able to provide comfort to people of stature. This wider middle seat may be occupied by three adult persons or two persons of size or even a family with two small children. This concept provides increased seat pitch with measures to prevent decreasing the level of comfort.

    Utilization of unused cargo space for a lower deck lounge space, improved lavatory experience, and modular immersive experience containers providing novel passenger experiences that create ancillary revenue and support airline brand superiority along with cobranding and collaboration opportunities with desired brands.

    For more information on the project, please visit the FUCAM website and the FUCAM dedicated videos.

Coordination and Support Actions: Latest news

  • On 29 May 2019, H2020 Projects RADIAN and ETNA2020, will jointly organize a Workshop on “Stimulating R&I cooperation with new actors of the European Aerospace sector”. The workshop will take place in Bucharest (Romania) in the field of Tandem Aerodays 2019, IONESCU Meeting Room 4. The Workshop will foresee two sessions: a technical session mainly focused on the future Framework Programme Horizon Europe and the Clean Sky 2 Call for Proposals 10, and a pitching session, where organisations will have the opportunity to present themselves and their expertise in relation to the current available funding opportunities.

    You may register here. For further information, please see the agenda here.

  • The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Coordination & Support Action OSCAR - Open ScienCe Aeronautic & Air Transport Research, was successfully launched in January 2019. The 30-months-project, addresses the current perception, acceptance, and implementation of Open Science in the field of European AAT research and in those fields where European AAT research issues interact with e.g. other transport modes and technology exchange. The main goal of the project is to pave 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.

    The OSCAR project will attend and be proudly presented at the 9th EASN international Conference on “Innovation in Aviation and Space” which will take place in Athens, Greece from the 3rd until the 6th of September, 2019. The OSCAR coordinator, Mr. Gerhard Pauly from Fraunhofer IFAM will present the project in the frame of a session dedicated to running Coordination & Support Actions. The latter will therein present the strategic priorities of the European aviation sector with regard to the challenges of FlightPath2050 and the expected “Horizon Europe” Framework Programme. 

    For more information on the project, please visit the OSCAR website.

  • The RINGO project is running its last year and activities are speeding up towards the final results! Preliminary results already assessed Large Research Infrastructures needs and gaps in the European landscape to meet future challenges in the aviation community.

    RINGO was also considered by the EU as a relevant stakeholder in the consultation process to shape next EU funding program and RINGO Preliminary Results have been used at the aim.

    Sixteen out of eighteen thematic workshops (the last two to be held in the forthcoming days) have been conducted during last 12 months all over Europe to collect experts’ findings in specific fields, bringing the project to the final analysis and assessment of the needs, gaps and overlaps for strategic aviation research infrastructures in Europe.

    RINGO will also be present at the 8th European Aeronautics Days in Bucharest, Romania from the 27th  to the 30th of May. An interactive map of the RI landscape in Europe will be available to the visitors for a quick consultation.

    Come and join RINGO at the EC stand at AERODAYS 2019!  

    To stay updated with all our latest news, please follow http://www.ringo-project.eu.

  • Since April 1st 2019, ICARe has entered to the second implementation phase with the ultimate objective to provide a holistic international cooperation strategy and country specific analysis regarding future win-win research opportunities both for the EU and the Third/Associate countries in the field of civil aviation. In the frame of the review meeting and Advisory Board meeting that took place at EASA premises in Brussels on the 27th & 28th of March 2019, the progress achieved so far and the next actions planned have been discussed.

    In this context, the following parallel activities are now in progress with the strong involvement of all the European aviation stakeholders:

    • The preliminary identified “golden nuggets” in the 21 countries of ICARe perimeter for potential future cooperation are being thoroughly investigated and discussed with the stakeholders. The confirmed final set of these “golden nuggets” is expected to be available by July 2019.
    • The first win-win opportunities of the bilateral discussion with the major players worldwide (USA, Canada, China, Japan, Russia) are continuously updated. In this sense, a set of dedicated meetings with the Russian and Chinese delegations are planned for the 28th of May (Bucharest, Romania) and the 26th of June (Barcelona, Spain) respectively.
    • The 21 country profiles are enriched so as to provide the required input for the elaboration of the holistic INCO strategy.

    Last but not least, ICARe will be present at the forthcoming 8th European Aeronautics Days (AERODAYS) by giving an overview presentation in the frame of the session dedicated to the Aeronautics CSA projects. We will be glad to meet you there!

    For more information, please visit the official ICARe website.

Other latest news and achievements

  • The 6th International Conference of Engineering Against Failure – ICEAF VI has been announced. The event will be held in Spetses Island, Greece on 24-26 June 2020. ICEAF VI is organized by the Laboratory of Technology & Strength of Materials (LTSM) under the auspices of the Federation of European Material Societies (FEMS), the Hellenic Metallurgical Society (HMS) and the European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN). The scope of the Conference is to attract interdisciplinary work dedicated to the design against and prevention of engineering failure.

    Works are expected to cover a number of different technological areas including Aeronautics, Construction, Automotive, Bioengineering, Recycling, Manufacturing, Real-Time Systems, Industrial Systems, Cyber Physical Systems etc.

    For more and updated information please visit the official website of the conference.

  • Prof. Robert Mines, former Industrial Advisory - Officer of the EASN Asssociation, has been doing research into 3D printed microlattice structures for over 15 years. He has now bundled his knowledge on 3D printed microlattice structures into a book published by Springer, with title: “Metallic Microlattice Structures: Manufacture, Materials, and Application”. 

    This work reviews the current state of the art in metallic microlattice structures, manufactured using the additive manufacturing processes of selective laser melting, electron beam melting, binder jetting and photopolymer wave guides. The emphasis is on structural performance (stiffness, strength and collapse). The field of additively manufactured metallic microlattice structures is fast changing and wide ranging, and is being driven by developments in manufacturing processes. This book takes a number of specific structural applications, viz. sandwich beams and panels, and energy absorbers, and a number of conventional metallic materials, and discusses the use of additive manufactured metallic microlattice structures to improve and enhance these structural performances. Structural performances considered includes such non linear effects as plasticity, material rupture, elastic and plastic instabilities, and impact loading. The specific discussions are put into the context of wider issues, such as the effects of realisation processes, the effects of structural scale, use of sophisticated analysis and synthesis methodologies, and the application of existing (conventional) structural theories. In this way, the specific discussions are put into the context of the emerging general fields of Architectured (Architected) Materials and Mechanical Metamaterials. 

    Prof. Mine's book is, therefore, a very timely introduction for engineers looking deeply at the potential for real change that 3D printing could bring to business.The book "Metallic Microlattice Structures: Manufacture, Materials, and Application" is available for your library through the Springer Store.

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