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Prospecting and Promoting Scientifi c Co-operation between Europe and China in the Field of Multi-Physics Modelling, Simulation, Experimentation and Design Methods in Aeronautics

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State of the Art - Background

Numerous modelling, design optimisation and experimental tools and solvers have been developed and used until recently, both in Europe and in China, and have proven to be of significant value in many industrial applications when not explicitly treating the coupling due to multidisciplinary effects. So far, the correct use of such single discipline codes is limited to a specific range of applications. Despite recent efforts, there is still a lack of initial information on available methods, codes and experiments related to loosely and strongly coupled multidisciplinary problems in aeronautics in Europe and China, involving two or more different fields (such as fluid/structure, fluid/acoustics, fluid/heat transfer, structure/acoustics, pollution flows, composite materials, etc.) and emphasising the importance of human aspects and flexible integration on collaborative environments.


The aim of AEROCHINA2 is to foster the co-operation between a number of industry, university and research organisations in the aeronautics sector in Europe and China in the field of multi-physics modelling, computer simulation and code validation, experimental testing and design methods for the solution of multi-physics problems of interest to the aeronautic sector. The multi-physics disciplines considered in AEROCHINA2 which are of interest to European and Chinese partners are aerodynamics, structures and materials, fluid dynamics, aero acoustics, active flow control and aero elasticity.

The general strategic objectives of the project are the following:

1. To identify areas of mutual RTD interest, and to clarify the skills, experiences and capabilities of the Chinese partners in the relevant technological areas of multi-physics analysis and design;

2. To develop concepts of collaboration in those areas between the European and Chinese partners in order to ensure a win-win situation;

3. To prepare specific RTD activities that are mature enough for joint proposals in the EC's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

These AEROCHINA2 objectives correspond to a more long-term preparation necessary for a substantial and sustainable win-win co-operation in forthcoming FP7 calls.

Description of Work

The specific project activities are focusing on:

1. Prospective studies on the existing methods for single and multi-physics simulation, experimentation and design tools in Europe and China.

2. The development of a common database incorporating the knowledge of the relevant multi-physics simulation/validation/design technology in Europe and China.

3. Identification of possible co-operation in RTD areas.

4. The organisation of a workshop (in China) and two database workshops (one in Europe and one in China) in order to interchange and be prepared to share knowledge on the field of multi-physics simulation, validation and design.

5. The organisation of one short course (in Europe) in the multi-physics fields.

6. The dissemination of the project outputs among universities, research centres and industries in the aeronautic sector in Europe and China.

Expected Results

This project offers a wide range of scientific and technological prospects for future co-operation between European and Chinese organisations. Access to state-of-the-art information on RTD activities in China and in Europe on multidisciplinary experimental, mathematical and numerical methods opens many opportunities for the development of new methods aiming to solve complex multi-physics problems in aeronautics.

The technological benefits will derive from the new possibility of advanced design of civil aircraft vehicles, taking into consideration many multidisciplinary effects currently not strongly accounted for in practice. AEROCHINA2 Guidelines will define the strategic lines and methodologies to be developed in the near future for the solution of multidisciplinary problems. These guidelines will provide the basis for setting up new RTD projects.

The AEROCHINA2 data will find application in markets different from the aeronautic sectors that also need the computational multi-physics transport technologies (i.e. rotation machinery, civil construction, naval architecture, automotive industry, etc.). Transfer of the AEROCHINA2 disseminated multi-physics technology to these sectors through adequate training actions will help to create new attractive co-operative RTD scenarios and business opportunities.