The remaining tasks of the FLiPASED H2020 project were discussed by researchers of Systems and Control Lab at SZTAKI with the participation of representatives from DLR, ONERA and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Several researchers, also active at the National Laboratory for Autonomous Systems, are actively involved in the international project called FliPASED (FLight Phase Adaptive Aero-Servo-Elastic aircraft Design), which aims to revolutionise aircraft wing design through developing and testing so-called active-controlled wings.
Aircraft require the proper ratio of drag and lift forces in order to handle varying flying conditions. However, the wings of aircraft are designed to achieve minimal drag only under a single flying condition, determined by the weight, speed, height and range of the aircraft. In varying conditions, the fine-tuning of the aerodynamic surfaces is required to change the lift-drag ratio. In contrast to previous solutions, the shape of active-controlled, flexible wings can be fine-tuned and they can adapt to various flying conditions. Based on the current research results, the effect of wind gusts can be reduced by 20 percent with active wings. The fuel consumption can also be reduced by 10 percent with changing the wing shape during the flight path and with the consequent reduction of the drag force. The results of the project have been demonstrated not only in simulation but also using a 7-metre-wingspan experimental unmanned aircraft built for research purposes, on which researchers can measure more than 500 parameters 200 times per second.
One of the main topics of the consortium meeting was the timeline of the upcoming milestones and the development of methods to make the FLiPASED H2020 project test aircraft even more efficient. Representatives from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), ONERA - The French Aerospace Lab, and the Technical University of Munich participated in the consortium meeting held in the Kende Street building of SZTAKI.
Original source: https://www.sztaki.hu/innovacio/hirek/sikeresen-lezajlott-sztaki-flipased-projektjenek-konzorciumi-ulese (2022.10.14.)