The CENTRELINE Project demonstrates the proof of concept for a ground-breaking approach to synergistic propulsion-airframe integration, the so-called propulsive fuselage concept.
The concept features an electrically driven propulsor, which is located in the back of the fuselage. This design mitigates the drag effects that are caused by the airflow around the fuselage. Furthermore, this helps to distribute the thrust over main components of the airframe, which is believed to be a promising concept to increase efficiency and safety.
Based on the results of the EU funded project DisPURSAL (GA no. 323013), CENTRELINE aims at maturing the technology by building scaled-down models that will be tested in a wind tunnel. The project's researchers will also perform high-fidelity numerical simulations and apply integrated design optimization techniques. The research and innovation action targets CO2 reductions of 11% against an advanced conventional reference aircraft for the year 2035.