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Designing modern passenger aircraft is a complex business requiring the collaboration of experts in a variety of disciplines. A team of EU-funded researchers has come together to simplify the aircraft development process to make it more efficient, greener and cost-effective.
Published: 20 July 2018
An EU-funded consortium is developing novel screening, modelling and optimisation processes for alternative jet fuels, supporting efforts to create a cleaner and more sustainable European aviation industry.
Published: 9 July 2018
An EU-funded project has developed an integrated IT platform to identify and manage threats to the air traffic management system. This is helping to build a comprehensive and harmonised European framework to make air transport safer for everyone.
Published: 30 May 2018
Composites are used for a wide array of demanding applications. Planes made mostly of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer have, for example, existed for several years. An EU-funded training network is helping to hone the skills of 12 young researchers who are striving to take composite design another step ahead.
Published: 25 May 2018
Encouraging new ideas and fresh thinking is critical for innovation in aviation in order to respond to the growing demand for air travel and to the increasing number of air vehicles taking to the skies, including drones. That is why the SESAR Joint Undertaking supports exploratory research and has created an innovation pipeline in its research programme that transforms innovative ideas into solutions to increase the performance of air traffic management (ATM). This article provides a sample of just some of these innovative projects.
Published: 27 April 2018
Hybrid and electric vehicles are increasingly common on Europe's roads. Now similar clean and quiet technologies are taking to the skies, thanks to an EU-funded project developing and testing innovative aircraft propulsion systems.
Published: 25 April 2018
Published: 24 April 2018
It develops innovative, cutting-edge technologies aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft, for incorporation into the next generations of aircraft from 2025 onwards.
Published: 17 April 2018
Taking inspiration from nature, an EU-funded project is developing smart airplane wings that can sense changes in pressure and adapt their shape instantaneously. These airplanes of the future will be more energy efficient and silent: more bird-like, in effect.
Published: 9 April 2018
Increase capacity, reduce fuel consumption, curb pollution? If they were based on a box-wing design, aircraft of any given wingspan could achieve more with less, say EU-funded researchers who are preparing this technology for take-off. The concept they are proposing is referred to as a 'PrandtlPlane'.
Published: 6 April 2018