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Development of a novel servovalve concept for aircraft

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Project "DNSVCFA" data sheet

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Organization address
city: BATH
postcode: BA2 7AY

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-10-19


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF BATH UK (BATH) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

The aim of this research project is to develop, in line with the Work Programme 2014-2015 of Horizon 2020 “Smart, green and integrated transport-mobility for growth”, a novel servovalve prototype for aerospace applications having lower complexity and number of parts, lower manufacturing costs and weight, and greater reliability and efficiency compared to common valve configurations. The fellow’s activity alongside the research group at the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control (University of Bath) will focus on the optimization of an existing valve prototype (which was recently conceived at the Centre) with the aim of allowing the safe and effective implementation of the new valve concept in aircraft. The research objectives will be reached thanks to the fellow’s unique expertise in optimization and computational fluiddynamic analysis applied to hydraulic valves and experimental testing of hydraulic components, combined with the host’s expertise in designing novel control techniques. The fellow, who will undertake high level training both at Bath and at the Aircraft Group of Moog Controls Ltd (5 month secondment), will utilize new approaches such as a reliable and flexible optimization process based on numerical models coupled to genetic algorithms; the technical solutions resulting from the numerical activity will be constructed through innovative manufacturing techniques, such as Additive Manufacturing, so as to allow the realization of non-conventional geometries. The outcomes of the latter phase will be tested experimentally on a hydraulic test bench. The new servovalve concept, which is expected to outperform commonly used configurations, has the potential to save costs and time across the whole life cycle of aircraft and to reduce power consumption and emissions of aircraft, with great impact on European economy and society.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Paolo Tamburrano, Riccardo Amirante, Elia Distaso, Andrew R. Plummer
Full simulation of a piezoelectric double nozzle flapper pilot valve coupled with a main stage spool valve
published pages: 487-494, ISSN: 1876-6102, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2018.08.124
Energy Procedia 148 2019-11-07
2018 Paolo Tamburrano, Andrew R. Plummer, Elia Distaso, Riccardo Amirante
A review of electro-hydraulic servovalve research and development
published pages: 1-23, ISSN: 1439-9776, DOI: 10.1080/14399776.2018.1537456
International Journal of Fluid Power 2019-11-07

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