Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.
 

Front page

Turbofan simulator installed in nacelles.

Aerodynamics expertise by RUAG helping to shape a greener future for aviation

The ESICAPIA and LOSITA consortia, with RUAG Aviation as a member, have successfully developed and tested wind tunnel models for simulating emerging turbofan and propeller technologies.

These research projects were performed in the frame of the Green Regional Aircraft ITD (GRA) of the European Clean Sky aeronautical research programs. Data generated from these research projects will be applied to reducing the ecological footprint of future aircraft.

The Clean Sky GRA programs ESICAPIA (Experimental Subsonic Investigation of a Complete Aircraft Propulsion system Installation and Architecture power plant optimisation) and LOSITA (LOw Subsonic Investigation of a large complete Turboprop Aircraft) projects aim to optimise the configuration, performance and alternative propulsion systems on two different experimental regional aircraft. RUAG Aviation is a member of two international consortia led by IBK Innovation of Germany, which were commissioned to develop models of the two GRA configurations and investigate their performance in tests at the RUAG Large Wind Tunnel in Emmen (LWTE). One model was equipped with propellers while the other featured a simulation of a modern turbofan system. Both systems were developed in-house by the RUAG Aviation department of aerodynamics.

"Simulations using propellers are standard for testing in the large wind tunnel," says Andreas Hauser, Manager Department of Aerodynamics, RUAG Aviation. "However, the turbofan simulators developed for the ESICAPIA model were a first in our facility. The challenges this presented were an opportunity for the aerodynamics team to demonstrate their expertise and their reputation for finding innovative solutions."

The RUAG engineers developed the power simulation systems building on existing RUAG hydraulic engine technology and know-how, and integrated them into the Green Regional Aircraft wind tunnel models. During subsequent wind tunnel testing, the propulsors performed sound. The Green Regional Aircraft model tests proved a complete success and generated a valuable aerodynamic database, including power effects and acoustic data. The experience gained from developing the turbofan simulator for ESICAPIA is already supporting the development of a new, smaller and higher performance turbofan simulator. Also, the RUAG wind tunnel testing portfolio has been expanded, adding new capabilities to the benefit of customers.

"Ultimately, this type of research brings benefits to everyone – in the form of a cleaner environment and a sustainable future for aviation," says Andreas Hauser.

Press release issued by RUAG Aerostructures on April 18, 2017

 

 Contact details from our directory:
RUAG Aerostructures Airframer

 

 Related directory sectors:
Test Services

Enhanced listings:


Midland Aerospace
Manufacturer of complex 3- and 5-axis CNC machined and fabricated detail components & assemblies for the aerospace & defence market sectors.

Ascent Aerospace
Ascent Aerospace is the leading provider of aerospace tooling systems, assembly automation and factory integration.

General Plastics Manufacturing Co.
General Plastics has been supplying OEMs, Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies with flame-retardant foam core materials and custom flexible foam molded parts for aircraft flight decks and interior cabins for over 50 years.

Attwater Group
Attwater are manufacturers and machinists of thermoset, high pressure composite sheets to recognised international standards.

Oerlikon Balzers Coating AG
Oerlikon Balzers is one of the world’s leading suppliers of surface technologies

See our advertising tariff.

 

5
data pages remaining in monthly quota for non-subscribers

© Copyright of Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2017. Terms & Conditions of reading.