NEW H2020 Project Kick-off November 3-4



UNDULANT-Next: UNsteaDy boUndary LAyer flow coNTrol using plasma actuators of Next generation

Coordinator: José Páscoa
HyperMHD: Magnetoplasmadynamic Flow Manipulation on Hypersonic and Reentry Vehicles
Coordinator: Carlos Xisto


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Cycloidal Optimized For Propulsion Project Grant No. 323047

It is nowadays of paramount importance to devise new breakthrough concepts, that can introduce disruptive advancements, resulting on novel air vehicle designs with improved performances and reduced environmental and energetic impacts. The CROP project introduces a novel propulsion concept that intents to conduct to the design of a radically different new propulsion system for aerial vehicles. This can be a key element for a future breakthrough innovation in air transport, by implementing an environmentally friendly propulsion system with a reduction in associated costs. It is indeed the resulting “crop” from a large scope of scientific developments that enable, at present time, to present this concept as feasible.



Numerical MHD Numerical Modelling in nozzles of MPD thrusters for space propulsion PTDC/CTE-SPA/114163/2009

Magnetoplasmadynamic (MPD) thrusters are Lorentz force accelerators that can provide the high-specific impulse, and high-power propulsion, required to enable human and robotic exploration missions to the Moon, Mars, and outer planets. In the past mainly the very efficient ion and Hall thruster technologies were employed, but these are dimensionally impracticable for high powers. Herein we will focus on Applied-Field MPD thrusters who, albeit their current poor efficiencies, are strong candidates for high powers (>100kW to MW). Conversely to ionic thrusters, that have been used in space (ESA's SMART-1), or to Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPT) used in satellite attitude motion control, the high-power AF-MPD thrusters have still to be developed, both resorting to experimental and numerical approaches, in order to be used in flight.



Aerial Coanda High Efficiency Orienting-jet Nozzle, Project Grant No. 309041

Jet deflection systems are important to define novel concepts of air vehicle with enhanced performances, manoeuvrability shorter take off and landing spaces: It will permit to explore radical new concept of aerial vehicle and to give a realization to some very advanced concepts which have been intuited during the history of aviation but couldn’t be applied because of the absence of effective and affordable jet vectoring system. The main importance of an effective and affordable system to control the direction of a propulsive jet can be, interesting because it could lead to two directions of aeronautic design development:

  • improving performance, safety, efficiency and manoeuvrability of today air vehicle concepts;




Computational Modelling of MHD Flow with Applications to Turbines and MPD Propulsion - SFRH/BD/60285/2009

For the numerical simulation of magnetohydrodynamic flow (MHD) two groups of algorithms have been developed. The first group was created to deal with incompressible flow and the second to calculate highly compressible MHD flows. However, nowadays a great number of numerical gas dynamics codes are able to solve the compressible Navier-Stokes equations at all Mach number regimes. Such algorithms are very important for applications in the field of aerospace engineering, where there is often a need to solve complex flow problems involving a wide range of Mach numbers. This is also true for the special case of MHD flow in realistic Magneto-Plasma Dynamics (MPD) thruster geometries. It is known that these devices can produce flows that range from the nearly incompressible to the hypersonic limit.



Multibody Advanced Airship for Transport, Project Grant No.285602

The free movement of people and goods is one of the fundamental freedoms fully granted by EU member countries to European citizens.At the same time, Europe’s transport policy continues to be affected by a serious imbalance in the adoption of different modes of transport and the absence of an efficient European coordination platform and systemic vectors. Aviation has transformed society.It has produced large economic and social benefits by “shrinking the planet”, with fast, efficient transportation of people and goods throughout the world. On one hand, the growth of air traffic has been spectacular, and will continue. However, this sky transport growth opens serious problems connected to vehicle and passenger safety and to increasing greenhouse gases emissions. The MAAT project is the global response to most of these problems of air transport.