European Windtunnel Association

A need was identified to strengthen European Aeronautical Research by building lasting relationships and inter-dependencies between the major European wind tunnel operators and developers of advanced measuring technologies. Initial discussions between several European wind tunnel operators regarding the concept of a European Windtunnel Association started in December 2002. Following discussions about the legal, economic and social aspects involved and the lessons learned from previous attempts to integrate European wind tunnels the proposal preparation committee came to the conclusion that the goal to establish a European Windtunnel Association was a realistic objective which could be achieved within a few years using a phased approach. The goal of the European Windtunnel Association is to form a Network of Excellence for aeronautical applications and related advanced measuring technologies with a management structure and a joint program of activities. The range of members involved will enable them to offer to researchers and the global aerospace industry a comprehensive set of services. It will also enable researchers to bring new experimental techniques into operation in industrial wind tunnels much faster than in the past. Methods for harmonizing standards and for assessing the quality of experimental simulation as well as methods to harmonies wind tunnel test techniques will be developed jointly by the members. This will provide considerable improvements in data quality and in cost reduction for wind tunnel testing.

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    • Research institutions undertaking the sub-projects: Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics; Vyzkumny a Zkusební Letecky Ústav ; Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA); Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR); Airbus Deutschland; European Transonic Windtunnel GmbH; Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali S.p.A; The Swedish Defence Research Agency/Totalförsvarets Forskningsinstitut; Stichting Duits-Nederlandse Wind Tunnels/Stiftung Deutsch-Niederländische Windkanale; Stichting Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium; Airbus UK; Aircraft Research Association Ltd; BAE Systems; and QinetiQ.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Aeronautics and Space - Priority Thematic Area 4 (PTA4)

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Kompenhans, Jurgen

  • Start Date: 20040400
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090400
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25668

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  • Accession Number: 01461587
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:48PM