New Aircraft Concepts Research

Over the past fifty years, the main driver for aircraft design was to improve aircraft operational efficiency, which led to converge to an almost universal configuration, which now dominates the commercial airplane market. Given that air traffic is forecasted to more than double in the next twenty years and that both environmental and economical pressure will strongly increase, significant progress will need to be achieved in both improving the efficiency and minimizing the environmental impact of aircraft. This may not no longer be achievable with today's configuration. Designing suitable Novel Aircraft Concepts will require developing capabilities in the complete range of aeronautical disciplines and technologies. NACRE will address these issues, and will take full benefit of the preliminary activities initiated in Europe on Novel Aircraft Concepts in the frame of the FP5 projects ROSAS, VELA & NEFA. The NACRE Integrated Project aims at integrating and validating technologies that will enable new aircraft concepts to be assessed and potentially developed. As such, it will not concentrate on one specific aircraft concept, but is aimed at developing solutions at a generic aircraft component level (cabin, wing, power plant system, fuselage), which will enable the results to be applicable for a range of new aircraft concepts. For each of the major aircraft components, the multidisciplinary investigations will explore the different associated aspects of aerodynamics, materials, structure, engines and systems with the goal of setting the standards in future aircraft design, thus ensuring improved quality and affordability, whilst meeting the tightening environmental constraints (emission and noise), with a vision of global efficiency of the air transport system.

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    • Research institutions undertaking the sub-projects: Airbus France S.A.S, France Airbus Deutschland GmbH, Germany; Airbus España S.L., Spain; Airbus UK Ltd., United Kingdom; Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A., Italy; Aircraft Research Association Ltd., United Kingdom; Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali S.C.p.A. (CIRA), Italy; Dassault Aviation S.A., France; Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Germany; EADS Deutschland GmbH, Germany; Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), Sweden; AIRCELLE SAS, France; IBK Ingenieurbüro Dr. Kretschmar, Germany; Integrated Aerospace Sciences Corporation O.E. (INASCO), Greece; Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA), Spain; Messier-Dowty Ltd., United Kingdom; MTU Aero Engines GmbH, Germany; Stichting Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaart Laboratorium (NLR), The Nederland; Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA), France; Projecto, Empreendimentos, Desenvolvimento e Equipamentos Cientificos de Engenharia (PEDECE), Portugal; Piaggio Aero I


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strengthening Competitiveness

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

    Frota, Joao

  • Start Date: 20050400
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090300
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25662

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  • Accession Number: 01461592
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM