|Coordinatore||OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
address: Avenue de la Division Leclerc 29
|Nazionalità Coordinatore||France [FR]|
|Totale costo||9˙030˙224 €|
|EC contributo||7˙294˙109 €|
Specific Programme "Capacities": Research infrastructures
|Anno di inizio||2009|
|Periodo (anno-mese-giorno)||2009-10-01 - 2014-09-30|
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
address: Avenue de la Division Leclerc 29
EUROPEAN TRANSONIC WINDTUNNEL GMBH
address: Ernst Mach Strasse
STICHTING DUITS-NEDERLANDSE WINDTUNNELS
address: VOORSTERWEG 31
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The proposed project ESWIRP aims at enhancing the complementary research potential and service capabilities of three strategic wind tunnels in Europe both in terms of productivity and quality. The concerned wind tunnels are ONERA S1MA Modane, DNW-LLF and ETW. The main ideas leading to the proposal have been (i) the identification at European level by the aeronautical community (ACARE) of the strategic wind tunnels for Europe needed to maintain and enhance the leadership of European aerospace industry and science,(ii) the EREA recommendation that the reduction of emissions, noise and fuel consumption by aviation requires the contribution of these infrastructures and (iii) the recognition that efforts have to be made at community level, in a targeted and coordinated way, to further integrate these strategic wind tunnels at a world class level. The ESWIRP project is fully responsive to the objectives of the Capacities – Research Infrastructures Programme. It will enhance research and innovation capacities throughout Europe and contribute to ensuring their optimal use. The activities planned under this project aim at optimizing the utilization of the three strategic wind tunnels and improving their performance by new long-term investments for the benefit of scientists and customer industries. ESWIRP responds to the so-called ‘targeted approach’ of the Integrating Activities of the FP7 Capacities Work Programme: Infrastructures following the FP6 I3 model: (i) Networking activities, (ii) Trans-national access and/or service activities and (iii) Joint research activities. A Joint Management Board will be established by the three facilities for coordination of all ESWIRP activities and consolidation of integrating objectives.
An ongoing initiative is enhancing the research potential and service capabilities of three strategic wind tunnels in Europe.
These wind tunnels are ONERA S1MA in France, DNW-LLF in the Netherlands and ETW in Germany. In order for these tunnels to compete in the modern wind tunnel testing environment, infrastructure of excellent performance and quality is needed. This is where the EU-funded 'European strategic wind tunnels improved research potential' (ESWIRP) project comes in.
ESWIRP is optimising the use of the wind tunnels and improving their performance with new long-term investments for the benefit of scientists and customer industries. The project is also providing testing access to the improved wind tunnels.
After a series of start-up meetings, ESWIRP members had the opportunity to participate in conferences and workshops, highlighting the strategic objectives of the project. A call for complementary proposals was also sent out, and selected proposals have since helped steer the activities of the project.
Progress is underway: at ONERA S1MA, the design of the Mach control system has already been concluded with the delivery of detailed drawings, which will be taken into production. The proposed technical upgrade of the DNW-LLF also foresees major improvements on the existing moving belt ground plane. ETW has already identified a strong need to respond to client requests with respect to providing an increased level of redundancy, reliability and extended capacities of existing systems.
As an overall outcome, two major upgrade packages have been defined. The first focuses on measurement systems-related issues. The second investigates the feasibility of designing an appropriate remotely controlled slot opening/closing mechanism.
ESWIRP project members will continue to enhance the research and innovation capacities of these wind tunnels. The improvements should help to maintain and enhance the leadership of the European aerospace industry.