AeroGust brings together academic, research and industry experts to promote intellectual leadership in aerospace. The project will contribute to the goals of improving European industrial competitiveness by reducing reliance on wind tunnel testing through developing an innovative numerical gust loads process. By reducing reliance on wind tunnel testing in this way, a faster exploration of the design space using Reduced Order Models can be achieved – enabling the European aerospace industry to produce superior products at reduced cost.
AeroGust expects to have a positive impact in terms of delivering international collaboration for innovation and fostering new partnerships which will help integrate new knowledge into industry after the project end. The participants will work towards building the next generation of talent to populate the sector, which is still one of the most significant within the European Community, thereby serving to secure employment within the European industry.
The project will impact positively on the environment thanks to developing methods that will ultimately lead to lighter aircraft structures with lower fuel burn levels. Lowering aircraft fuel burn will result in reductions in CO2 emissions that will go a significant way to meeting the Flightpath2050 targets. The technology developed in AeroGust will have direct application in improving wind turbine design, for which gusts are a dominant issue. The transfer of knowledge in AeroGust will therefore improve the efficiency of this green technology.