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Apr 15, 2013

FP7-ESWIRP Students Initiative


9 students looking forward to attend the tests of the 3 ESWIRP projects.
Category: Research
Posted by: GD

The ESWIRP students´ initiative met with a lively international interest and attracted a substantial number of qualified applications. Students from France, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden applied for the attendance of one of the three ESWIRP project experimental test entries.

The relevant criteria for the ESWIRP project consortia´s evaluation were the students´ professional background and focus as well as their familiarity with aerodynamic topics, aircraft design or wind tunnel related measurement systems. All chosen applicants come from other institutions than those involved in the chosen project consortium, are fluent in English and are nationals of the EU or its Associated States according to EU FP7.

Taking all this into account, each ESWIRP project consortium finally invited three students to attend their test entry in one of the participating wind tunnels:

  • The DNW project consortium selected a German student coming from the Linköpings University Sweden, a Swedish student from the KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm and a Norwegian applicant studying at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology in Trondheim.
  • The consortium of the ETW project invited a German student from the Technical University Braunschweig / ISM, a Czechoslovakian applicant coming from the BRNO University of Technology as well as an Italian student from the Politecnico di Milano.
  • The ONERA project consortium opted for a Spanish applicant from the Mondragon University, a German student from the Technical University Braunschweig and an Italian, who studies at the Van Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium.

All applicants have been informed of the consortia´s evaluation results, waiting lists are installed in case one of the attending students will not be able to participate. The students, who had been selected in the first round, have been welcomed into the international ESWIRP project teams and are now looking forward to the experimental testing at one of the three high performance wind tunnels in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

 

This work receives funding from the European Union FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement no 227816.

 

 

Background

ETW - Pushes the Limits
Wind tunnels, using scaled down aircraft models, are the major source of aerodynamic design data for new aircraft projects. Wind tunnels are indispensable tools for aerodynamic research and aircraft development; they complement and validate flow simulation methods on the most powerful computers.

ETW, the European Transonic Wind Tunnel, was designed and constructed by the four European countries France, Germany, Great Britain and The Netherlands. It is operated based on a non-profit policy by the ETW GmbH, founded in 1988. Its location in Cologne, Germany, is right in the middle of Europe.

European researchers and engineers harness ETW’s capabilities for advancing aeronautical science into aircraft innovation by accessing real-flight conditions in this cutting edge ground-test laboratory.

ETW is the worldwide leading wind tunnel for testing aircraft at real flight conditions. Aircraft performance and their flight envelope limits can be accurately determined with unique quality at ETW long before flight testing of a first prototype. This enables significant reductions in the technical and economic risks associated with the development of new aircraft. Manufacturers from all over the world take advantage of the exceptional features of this high-tech facility enhancing the performance, economic viability, and environmental friendliness of their future aircraft.

ETW – Erweitert Horizonte
Aerodynamische Entwurfsdaten für neue Flugzeugprojekte werden zu einem großen Teil aus Windkanaluntersuchungen an maßstäblich verkleinerten Flugzeugmodellen gewonnen. Windkanäle sind unverzichtbare Werkzeuge sowohl für die Strömungsforschung als auch für die Flugzeugentwicklung; sie ergänzen und validieren Verfahren zur Strömungssimulation auf modernsten Hochleistungsrechnern.

Der Europäische Transschall-Windkanal ETW ist eine transnationale Forschungseinrichtung in Köln. Er wurde von den vier Staaten Frankreich, Deutschland, Großbritannien und den Niederlanden entwickelt und gebaut. Betrieben wird er von der ETW GmbH, die als eigenständiges Non-Profit-Unternehmen 1988 gegründet wurde.

Der ETW erlaubt europäischen Forschern und Ingenieuren, tatsächliche Flugzustände unter Laborbedingungen am Boden darzustellen, um wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse zu erarbeiten und in Luftfahrtinnovationen zu überführen.

Der ETW ist der weltweit führende Windkanal, in dem Luftfahrzeuge unter wirklichkeitsgetreuen Flugbedingungen getestet werden können. Lange bevor der erste Prototyp für einen Flugtest zur Verfügung steht, können im ETW die Leistungsfähigkeit und die Flugbereichsgrenzen eines Neuentwurfs genauestens und mit einzigartiger Qualität bestimmt werden. Dies reduziert erheblich die technischen und wirtschaftlichen Risiken, die mit der Entwicklung neuer Luftfahrzeuge verbunden sind. Hersteller aus aller Welt nutzen die außergewöhnlichen Möglichkeiten dieser Hightech-Einrichtung, um die Leistungsfähigkeit, die Wirtschaftlichkeit und die Umweltfreundlichkeit ihrer zukünftigen Produkte nachhaltig zu verbessern.