EASN Newsletter - September 2017


  • 7th EASN International Conference on Innovation in European Aeronautics Research

    Only 12 days left for the beginning of the 7th EASN International Conference!

    The Organizing Committee is ready to welcome the participants at the modern Conference Centre of the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw, Poland between the 26th and 29th 2017. So far, more than 320 scientists, engineers and policy makers are expected to join the event. The final agenda of the Conference has been released (you may find it here) including 11 Κey-Νote Lectures and more than 250 technical presentations distributed in approximately 50 sessions

    Moreover, the Organizing Committee have made arrangements for a number of technical tours which will take place on Friday, September 29th

    If you have not do so, we strongly encourage you to visit the official website of the 7th EASN Conference, find out what is new and arrange your registration as soon as possible.

    Kindly notice that the registration desk will be open on Monday, September 25th between 16:00 and 19:00 to facilitate the registration process of the participants.

    Looking forward to welcome you in Warsaw and make the 2017 Conference one more successful gathering of the EASN Association!

  • Poland: A Key Player in European Aviation

    As this year’s 7th EASN International Conference is co-organized by the EASN Association and the Warsaw University of Technology (Faculty of Power & Aeronautical Engineering – Institute of Aeronautics & Applied Mechanics – Department of Aircraft Design), Dr. Marian Lubieniecki, Managing Director and Site Leader at GE Engineering Design Center (Institute of Aviation), gladly accepted our invitation to set the scene of the Polish Aeronautics Sector. In his interview he introduces the Engineering Design Center and talks to us about “Design & Research Philosophy in the Environment of Global Competition”.  

    Marian Lubieniecki  joined GE Aviation, working as Design Engineer in the Turbine Airfoils team at the Engineering Design Center in Warsaw. In 2007 he began the startup of the GE Oil & Gas team at EDC and was an integral part of the growth and evolution of this organization, working up to the position of O&G Subsea & Drilling Engineering Executive. In 2016 Marian was appointed his current role of Managing Director and Site Leader at GE Engineering Design Center.

    Read the full interview on the EASN website.

  • Synergies of Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking with ESIF: Concept & Objectives

    EASN Association is pleased to host an interview of Dr. Christos Vasilakos, former Secretary General in General Secretariat for Research & Technology and Chairman of the European Competitiveness Council, Research and Space, during the Hellenic Presidency of the European Council in 2014.

    Dr. Christos Vasilakos was also the Head of the Research, Technology and Space Unit of the Greek Delegation in European Union and Director of Research in NCSR.  

    Read the full interview on the EASN website.

  • 6th CEAS Air & Space Conference

    The 6th CEAS Air & Space Conference aims to promote new visions and trends in aeronautics and space science and technology according to its fundamental theme: "European Aerospace: Quo Vadis?”.


    The Conference aims to bring together academia, research, industry, policy maker and maintenance, repair and operator stakeholders for a fruitful exchange of the latest ideas and developments in European aeronautics and aerospace. The Conference will take place on 16th to 20th of October 2017, at the Palace of the Parliament, in Bucharest, Romania.

    For more information you may visit the official website of the conference: http://ceas2017.org

  • Flying around the world with Solar Power: Is this possible?

    Mr. Hannes Ross, Design Advisor and Consultant for the Swiss Project Solar Impulse, will be one of the eleven distinguished personalities of the Aeronautics Community which will give a Key-Note Lecture in the frame of the 7th EASN International Conference. In his interview he narrates the success story of traveling aroung the world with a Solar Powered Aircraft and how in general, clean energies can be used today to satisfy the needs of the worlds population, thereby providing a clean environment for the generations to come. 

    Amongst the others, Mr. Hannes Ross, has served as Vice President Advanced Design and Technology, Daimler Chrysler Aerospace / DASA / EADS and Guest Lecturer at the Technical University in Munich for 7 years. 

    Read the full interview on the EASN website.

EASN supported projects: Latest news and achievements

  • SARAH Project

    As SARAH is approaching to its first year of activities several important achievements have been realized. In particular, towards enhancing high fidelity simulations, the SPH model has been developed and will be tested for impact problems concerning a flat panel to which also an horizontal velocity will be imposed. Also during this period, detailed analysis of the data from SPH simulation concerning preliminary test on water impact of a flat panel has been performed. The SPH-Flow software has been used and the results have been compared with Experimental data available as well as with analytical results from potential flow theory. The comparisons were satisfactory and represent a sound base for extension to more complex problems. In regards to the preparation of the Helicopter ditching tests, the consortium is still working on the design of the experimental campaign. In particular, during this period the partners are doing the engineering (mechanics, electronics) necessary to perform the campaign and the definition of the final instrumentation and the test matrix. Finally, towards analyzing the effect of ground aerodynamics on ditching, the FreSCo tool under development by TUHH is now able to read deformations provided from FEM tools and according to this to deform the CFD grid during the run time of the calculation.

    The consortium is currently organizing the M12 progress meeting which will take place at Airbus Helicopters facilities in Marseille, France on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of October 2017. The objective of this meeting is to review the progress of each WP since April 2017 and the activities planned up to the end of the reporting period of the project.

    More information about the project's progress and latest results is available on the project's progress timeline.

  • On the 11th and 12th of May, 2017 the NHYTE (New Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite Aero - structures manufactured by Out of Autoclave Continuous Automated Technologies) project was officially launched during the two day Kick-Off Meeting held in Naples, Italy beginning its first steps towards its three year lifetime.

    NHYTE is a Horizon 2020 collaborative project aiming to develop concepts and methodologies which will enable the realization of innovative and green integrated aero-structures made by a new recyclable hybrid thermoplastic composite material with multifunctional capabilities. The proposed high-performing hybrid material, will tackle the challenges for reduced weight and consequently reduced fuel consumptions and emissions of an aircraft, as well as for more ecological and less costly manufacturing processes. This new hybrid material will be fabricated by an innovative working cell implementing advanced and continuous automated production processes. Coordinated in Italy by NOVOTECH Aerospace Advanced Technology s.r.l., the NHYTE project brings together highly ranked universities, research establishments, SMEs and a large enterprise granting the strength of the European aerospace supply chain competitiveness coupled with strong cooperation on RTD. 

    Μore information is coming soon on www.nhyte-h2020.eu

  • FUCAM has completed the first half of its project duration and is on the road to successful project completion in its second year. Some of the highlights of this period include numerous initial concepts developed as a collaborative effort based on the cumulated stakeholder, market and technology understanding. Series of qualitative assessments have been conducted in various collaborative settings together with stakeholder representatives as well as within the FUCAM team – especially in dedicated assessment sections of three workshops; lead-user workshop Helsinki, lead-user workshop Tokyo and the 2nd International Ideation Workshop in Tokyo. More of informal evaluation have been done along the pathway here, and the aforementioned workshops were also opportunities to further develop the concepts. Furthermore, the FUCAM project is glad to announce its participation in the 7th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in European Aeronautics Research”, which will take place from 26 to 29 September 2017 at the modern Conference Centre of the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw, Poland. Over the years the EASN conference has been established as a major European Dissemination event. The 6th international gathering of the EASN Association was attended by more than 220 researchers from various disciplines who presented their high quality recent achievements and new upstream research ideas. The conference will include Plenary Talks by renowned guests and Roundtable Discussions with key-figures from the academia, industry, research community and policy makers.

    For more information please visit FUCAM website.

  • ComBoNDT

    ComBoNDT is currently in its third year of activities and several important milestones have been achieved so far. In regards to sample preparation, all the samples were investigated via conventional NDT inspection using two different probes and two different settings respectively. Also, all the mechanical testing, namely mode-I, mode-II and centrifuge tests were completed and the experimental results reveal the negative effect of each contamination scenario in the fracture toughness and adhesive strength of the composite bonds. Also, mechanical tests on pilot samples were conducted in order to evaluate the influence of the surface state on the mechanical properties of the scarfed pilot samples. The results showed that the combined contamination with thermal degradation and de-icing fluid has a negative effect on the mechanical performance of the scarfed repair joints, reducing the failure load. Also during this period, the pilot samples were tested via the ENDT techniques and the partners were working in optimizing the techniques to investigate realistic parts as well as to turn the ENDT automated. Some of the employed ENDT such as LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy), OSEE (Optically Stimulated Electron Emission) and AWT (Aerosol Wetting Test) were developed to be handled directly by robot. In addition, partners investigated flat coupons with single and mixed contaminations, curved bonded samples with mixed contaminations, and bonded scarf samples with mixed contaminations within this period.

    In December 2017 the demonstration will take place at the IFAM premises in Bremen where the following activities will take place: Repair process (scarfing, surface treatment patching, bonding, etc.), Production process (secondary bonding of stringers above skin, autoclave, etc.), WP3 technique demonstration before bonding, and WP4 technique demonstration after bonding.

    Currently the project is organizing its M30 Progress Meeting to take place at the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw, Poland on the 29th of September 2017 within the frame of the 7th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in European Aeronautics Research”.

    For more information, please visit the ComboNDT website.

  • Having completed a first full year of operations the “Innovative Coarsening-resistant Alloys with enhanced Radiation tolerance and Ultra-fine–grained Structure for aerospace application – ICARUS” project progresses its pace at research and innovation entering now in the most impactful phases of its lifetime. This year was marked by the jointly organization of the International Spring School on Forefront Alloys and Advanced Materials for Extreme Conditions with the SUPERMAT project that took place in Sardinia, Italy between the 15th and  the 17th of May, 2017. Overall, the event was a great success providing students and young generations with the opportunity to expand their knowledge on the new ground in sciences and technologies that are intrinsic to the ICARUS and SUPERMAT projects. Highlights of the event include a series of notable lectures by leading researchers and by the keynote speaker Mr. Frank Salzgeber, Head of ESA TTPO, a free scientific debate between lecturers and students and the best poster awards. The ICARUS next plans will be elaborated by the consortium partners in the twelve-month progress meeting which will be held in Brussels, Belgium on the 26th of October, 2017.

    For more information about ICARUS project, please visit the ICARUS project website.

  • Approaching its first reporting period and hence having completing a successful period of project activities, EFFICOMP is organizing its 18th Month Meeting from 11th to 12th of October 2017, in Delft, The Nertherlands. In the same time, EFFICOMP is currently organizing its upcoming EFFICOMP session, which will be held in the frame of the 7th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in European Aeronautics Research”, on September 26th 2017 at the Conference Centre of the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw, Poland (Room: BRAVO), from 15:10 until 16:30 and chaired by the EFFICOMP Coordinator, Dr. Jacques Cinquin from AIRBUS Group Innovation. Over the years the EASN conference has been established as a major European Dissemination event. The 6th international gathering of the EASN Association was attended by more than 220 researchers from various disciplines who presented their high quality recent achievements and new upstream research ideas. The conference will include Plenary Talks by renowned guests and Roundtable Discussions with key-figures from the academia, industry, research community and policy makers. The EFFICOMP project will present its current progress and upcoming results through the following presentations: 1. Assessment of Hybrid Heating for Curing of CFRP Structures (Philipp Hilmer), 2. Development of new processes for aerospace structural composite part manufacturing with affordable cost and high ramp up capability within EFFICOMP project (Jacques Cinquin, Patrice Lefebure), 3. Investigation of a new out of autoclave placement process, mould concepts/release strategies and reusable heated bagging material (Klaus Heudorfer, Mathias Engelfried, Julian Fial, Stefan Carosella, Peter Middendor) and 4. Investigation on Energy Director-less Ultrasonic Welding of Thermoplastic to Thermoset Composites (Eirini Tsiangou). 

    For more information please visit the EFFICOMP website

Coordination and Support Actions: Latest news


    CATER (Coordinating Air transport Time Efficiency Research) is now in its final stage and the last iteration of documents is being completed, representing the latest and most complete assessment of projects and funding opportunities in the time efficiency domain. Specifically, completing a 4-years iterative analysis, the project has produced the final and most comprehensive assessment of European projects in the time efficiency domain, covering the FP6 to H2020 timeframe and highlighting the innovation trends and changes relating to all phases of the Door-to-Door journey.

     Accordingly, the latest and final exploration of funding opportunities is now also being completed, including National as well as European projects and extending over the next three years. This groundwork will lead to the release of the gap analysis and final recommendations documents which represent the lasting results from the CATER project, intended to guide future work and strategies on this theme.

    These results will be presented in the CATER final event which will be held on the 19th of September in Madrid. The agenda of the event can be found here. All those interested in the time efficiency domain are very welcome to join the CATER team at this event which will represent the occasion to present and discuss together latest developments and trends. 

    For more information, please visit CATER project website.

  • The RADIAN[1] project aims at the identification of barriers for international collaboration in AAT research at EU level and at the subsequent development and verification of solutions and measures to overcome these barriers. The RADIAN approach is characterized by an in-depth analysis of Member States and Associated Countries with respect to their AAT research capabilities, activities, and success. Countries, which are very successful in AAT research, come along with a high potential, being embedded in several networks of universities, research establishments and industry including specialized SMEs. Political support is provided by national and regional governments, e.g. by declaring AAT as a relevant field in Smart Specialization Strategies (S3). At the other end of the range there are countries and regions without visible activities in AAT, which is considered as insufficient potential. The gap is well illustrated in the graphic below showing the total number of AAT proposals submitted for the EU funding.

    The multi-parameter study by RADIAN identified 24 regions which show promising potential but do not succeed in that effect. At the EASN conference in Warsaw a joint session of EU funded projects AERO-UA and RADIAN[2] will mark the starting point of understanding the needs of the target regions by directly involving their representatives in the analysis. The main objective is to reveal the rationale behind the inadequate performance. It is expected that a wide range of influencing factors determine the actual performance, thus tailored action plans are essential for an improvement.

    For more information please visit the RADIAN project website.

    [1] This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724109

    [2] Session 12.5, September 26th, 2017 (15:10 – 16:30)

  • SUNJET Project

    SUNJET-II was officially finished on August 31st. During the last forum held in the frame of Paris Airshow the benefits of working together through a number of presentations of successful EU-Japan common research activities was clearly demonstrated. More than 50 European and Japanese researchers, engineers and policy makers participated to the event. 

    The SUNJET-II consortium released a final leaflet (click here to explore it) of the project in which the main achievements and the project legacy are clearly underlined. 

    For more information about the achievements of SUNJET-II you may visit the SUNJET-II official website.

  • RINGO has been invited to attend the 7th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in European Aeronautics Research” that will be held in Warsaw (Poland) on 26-29 September 2017, at the modern Conference Centre of the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw.

    The 7th EASN Conference is expected to be, like its predecessors, a major dissemination event for running research projects, as well as it will offer the Aeronautics community a forum to discuss on policies and actions supporting the advancement of aeronautics in Europe.

    In this frame, RINGO will participate at this event organizing a parallel session under the umbrella of session 12, dedicated to European Research Programs & Initiatives, focusing on aviation research infrastructures. The parallel session dedicated to RINGO will be held in Day 1 (Tuesday 26th September) at 5pm in Foxtrot room. It will provide an overview of the project, as well as presentations from ACARE WG5 and EREA and a panel discussion. 

    For more information about RINGO project, visit the RINGO project website.

Other latest news and achievements

  • New service on the EASN Association website!

    EASN has launched a new service for its members on the website of the association.

    A "Job Offers" menu is now available, where individual or institute members will have the chance to provide information about available positions for research, including application forms, deadlines etc.

    Stay connected at https://easn.net/ to find out more about this new entry!     

  • ICONIC project

    ICONIC (Improving the crashworthiness of composite transportation structures) is an EU Horizon 2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network, funded for four years from October 2016 and involving 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) hosted at nine beneficiaries in six EU countries. Eleven of the ESRs have started their research work, and the ICONIC work plan is on schedule. 

    The 1st ICONIC Summer School took place on 4-6th September 2017 at the University of Patras (Greece), with technical and transferable skills training, and seminars by world-leading composite experts from the aeronautical, automotive and rail industries. An ICONIC Project Meeting took place, in May 2017 in Turin (Italy), and the next will follow the summer school.

    Find more information on ICONIC at ICONIC project website.

  • The ECO-COMPASS partners have been performing many dissemination activities such as organisation of the project special session at the ICCS20, publication in Science China Technological Sciences, release of the 2nd public newsletter and publication in the INEA Aviation Brochure 2017. Follow our progress and get updated on the latest results on our website.

    The main objective of the cooperation of the Chinese and European partners is to develop and assess multifunctional and ecological improved composites from bio-sourced and recycled materials for application in aircraft secondary structures and interior.

  • The 18th International Conference on Composite Materials which will be held frpm 25th to 28th June, 218 in Athens, Greece will present the most recent, cutting edge research on a broad range of topics in the area of composite technologies and will attract famous scientists and engineers from various fields of applications (aerospace, automotive, wind energy, rail, maritime, sports etc). The conference will bring together the scientific and the application-oriented communities, covering the full span from basic scientific research to applied composite technologies.

    The attendees of ECCM18 will have the opportunity to interact with the most outstanding world leaders and get acquainted with the latest developments in the area of composite materials and structures. ECCM18 will be a forum of university, industry and government interaction and exchange of ideas in an area of utmost scientific and technological importance.

    For updated information please visit the ECCM18 official website.


  • The FP7 Project ENOVAL will present results of research activities carried out by 35 partners across Europe over 4,5 years during a Public Workshop held on December 5th, 2017 at the Munich Airport. The ENOVAL project has already performed successfully the majority of its tasks to develop low spool technologies for Ultra High Bypass Ratio Aero Engines and is about to finalize all remaining rig testing as well as the integration and assessment of results until Summer 2018, when the ENOVAL Project will officially end. Invited speakers, notably from sister FP7 engines projects, will together with the ENOVAL partners discuss advancements made on engine technologies and their impact for the engine manufacturing industry and more generally on tomorrow’s Europe aviation.

    For more information on the ENOVAL project and on the upcoming workshop, please consult www.enoval.eu, where regular updates on the workshop programme and the registration will be posted.

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