SUBLIME

SUBLIME is aimed at investigating Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) propulsive architectures through a high-fidelity numerical study combined with a wind tunnel campaign at transonic speed with the objective of measuring power savings over conventional propulsive configurations (e.g. podded engines) as the engine is fed with a distorted flow.

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IVANHOE

IVANHOE is aimed at deriving optimal nacelle shapes and installation positions for Ultra-High ByPass Ratio (UHBPR) engines closely coupled with the wing, using innovative multi-point, multi-objective optimization techniques. The optimization results will be verified by means of a comprehensive transonic wind tunnel campaign featuring novel powered nacelles and state-of-the-art measurement techniques.

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FLAPSENSE

FLAPSENSE is aimed at designing, manufacturing and flight-testing a contactless measurement system for real-time monitoring of the flapping and lagging motions of the Next Generation Civil Tiltrotor (NGCTR) rotor blades.

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NEXTTRIP

NEXTTRIP was focused on the assessment of the aerodynamic configuration of the Next Generation Civil Tiltrotor (NGCTR) empennages through both wind tunnel tests on a large-scale powered model and CFD-based aerodynamic optimization, aimed at enhancing aircraft stability and reducing drag.

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OPTIMOrph

The OPTIMOrph project aimed at developing an innovative, integrated aerodynamic/structural optimization methodology applied to morphing wing sections, in which the morphing constraints and capabilities of the selected concepts and materials are inherently included in the design process.

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X-Pulse

X-Pulse focused on the numerical assessment and optimal design of active flow control technologies (namely, synthetic pulsed jets) applied to engine/wing integration of innovative high-bypass ratio engines. These are significantly larger than conventional engines, and hence cause challenging aerodynamic interference with the wing, especially when flying at low speeds and high incidence angles (take-off and landing).

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DREAm-TILT

The main objective of DREAm-TILT was to assess the aerodynamic performance of a series of optimized fuselage components of ERICA civil tiltrotor, both through wind tunnel tests and numerical simulations, and to quantify drag reduction with respect to the starting configuration.

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HEAVYcOPTer

The HEAVYcOPTer project was aimed at improving the engine integration of the AW101 helicopter, by using advanced numerical optimization methodologies to re-design both engine intake and exhaust systems.

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CODE-Tilt

CODE-Tilt was focused on the multi-objective aerodynamic design optimization of a number of critical components of the ERICA tiltrotor fuselage, using innovative evolutionary algorithms: in particular, the empennages, the wing/fuselage junction, the landing gear sponson and the nose were re-designed for drag minimization.

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TILTOp

TILTOp aimed at developing a methodology to be used for an efficient multi-objective design optimization of the airframe-engine integration in the ERICA tiltrotor nacelle using advanced numerical methodologies. Both the engine intake and exhaust geometries were optimized in order to achieve a significant reduction in the installation losses.

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