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More energy efficient, less polluting, and not too different from current designs: an innovative aircraft concept developed by an EU-funded project could help reduce the environmental impact of aviation. The main aim of the research was to study the practical implementation of distributed propulsion and the implications of using hybrid power architectures, i.e. architectures that combine different power sources such as gas turbines, advanced batteries or fuel cells. The proposed concept involves a propulsor built into the tail of the plane. This component adds thrust by re-accelerating air slowed down by contact with the fuselage.
Published: 27 June 2016
EU-funded researchers are pushing the limits of modern aircraft engine technology, developing ultra-efficient turbofans to cut CO2 emissions and reduce aircraft noise in order to meet ambitious environmental objectives over the coming years.
Published: 17 May 2016
The EU-funded LEMCOTEC project used a technological approach to build a more efficient aero-engine, helping to ensure Europe's aviation sector not only reaches its ambitious carbon emission targets, but exceeds them.
Published: 12 May 2016
EU-funded project INTERACT has built a network of Arctic research stations, allowing them to coordinate and share resources more efficiently. The network aims to boost the scope and quantity of research on the Arctic, which serves as a bellwether of global changes to climate, biodiversity and land use.
Published: 29 April 2016
Pilots around the world can practise recovering control of their aircraft after entering a stall, using a simulation model developed by the EU-funded SUPRA project. By simulating such situations, the project fills a gap in current pilot training, and aims to improve air travel safety.
Published: 27 April 2016
EU-funded researchers have trialled new sensory technologies designed to detect hazardous icy flying conditions at high altitude. The innovations, which can be fitted onto commercial aircraft, have been developed in anticipation of regulatory changes to further tighten aircraft safety.
Published: 1 April 2016
There are always smarter ways to make things, and these days there are usually also ways to make things smarter. EU-funded researchers have looked at aircraft structures from this perspective. In addition to innovative materials, they are proposing technology that would give airliners self-sensing capabilities and enable them to change the shape of their wings.
Published: 21 March 2016
By sucking air through tiny holes in the leading edge of the wings and tail fins of aircraft, manipulating airflow and modifying wing flaps, a large-scale EU-funded project is developing and testing a range of innovative aeronautics technologies that will improve fuel efficiency, reduce noise and lower the environmental footprint of aircraft.
Published: 7 March 2016
From fairy-tale fortresses to majestic monasteries, preserving Europe's cultural treasures takes time and money. New all-natural materials developed by EU-funded researchers could help ensure that cleaning and protection become less frequent and less costly.
Published: 2 February 2016
By studying the impact of climate change on some of the ocean's smallest organisms, EU-funded researchers have identified trends that could have profound implications for the health of marine ecosystems and the global environment.
Published: 4 January 2016