NITROS Network for Innovative Training on Rotorcraft Safety


The goal of NITROS program is to form a new generation of talented young aerospace engineers capable of developing innovative safety approaches in a unique cross-disciplinary research and training program encompassing Control Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Modelling and Simulation, Structural Dynamics and Human perception cognition and action, in order to address complex solutions for rotorcraft safety.

NITROS is expected to inject a “safety vaccination” approach in the rotorcraft engineers’ community by training a highly skilled network of young engineers capable of 1) understanding the fundamental complex phenomena characterizing rotorcraft and 2) taking considerable measures for improving actual standards of rotorcraft safety. Indeed, “Whatever progress the airplane might make, the helicopter will come to be taken up by the advanced students of aeronautics”8 and NITROS is centred on providing unique and outstanding cross-disciplinary research and training opportunities for talented young engineers. The project is also aligned with the European Community endeavour to reduce the rate of aviation accidents by tackling the critical aspects of technology developed for rotorcraft safety.

All these goals can be reached by exposing the young researches to a dynamic network composed not only by some of the most renewed European engineering schools and research centres working in the rotorcraft field, but also to a good mix of industrial partners composed by rotorcraft manufacturers, operators and certification entities.

The Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Joint European Doctorate NITROS projects will guide 12 Early Stage Researchers through a Double PhD program. The Consortium of University is composed by some of the most important players on rotorcraft engineering training and research at European level: Politecnico di Milano, Technische Universiteit Delft, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool.  

Each research program is focused on a problem that affects the safety of the current or innovative rotorcraft configurations. The possible implications of the problem in terms of manufacturing, operations and certification procedures will be thoroughly discussed with the industrial partners.

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For more information on the call for applications

Applications must be submitted no later than February 15th 2017.
Deferred April 23rd, 2017.

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