Aviation and the Environment
Advanced technologies for aerodynamic drag reduction
Flow and circulation control, concepts and technologies for power/energy savings, turbulent drag reduction, plasma actuators.
Electric and hybrid-electric aircraft design, analysis, and operations
Development of methodologies and tools for innovative aircraft modelling and design, including preliminary sizing, power-train simulation, performance prediction, emission evaluation, and flight data processing.
Analysis of regulatory implications, airport infrastructure requirements, airspace procedures, operational safety, costs and emission models.
Lower noise impact
Community noise, innovative aircraft configurations, wing shape morphing, trajectory optimization.
More efficient aircraft structures: lighter, safer and smarter
Multifunctional, smart structures and materials and related integrated solutions necessary to implement health monitoring and morphing concepts; innovative materials, including metallic light-weight or advanced composites reinforced with carbon nanotubes, hybrid composites such as fiber metal laminates; materials able to deliver new capabilities like self-repairing and signal carrying; materials derived from renewable sources.
Development of methodologies and tools for the analysis of electric and hybrid-electric fleet operations, procedures, safety, costs and emissions.
Travellers’ comfort and safety
Cabin noise, active and passive control technologies.
Larger and more efficient wind turbines, multi-disciplinary design of advanced blades, active and passive reduction of extreme and fatigue loads, integration of sophisticated sensors with advanced control laws.