AeroGust Special Session at AIAA Aviation announced

The following papers have been accepted for an AeroGust Special Session at the AIAA Aviation Forum in Atlanta, United States in June:

1. The Future of Non-linear Modelling of Aeroelastic Gust Interaction
Christopher Wales; Robert Cook; Ann Gaitonde; Dorian Jones; Jonathan E. Cooper

2. A Kriging Based Corrected Potential Flow ROM for Gust Load Calculations
Arnaud G. Malan

3. High Fidelity Gust Simulations Over a Supercritical Airfoil
Benoit Tartinville; Virginie Barbieux; Lionel Temmerman

4. Nonlinear Unsteady Reduced Order Models based on Computational Fluid Dynamics for Gust Loads Predictions
Matteo Ripepi; Philipp Bekemeyer; Ralf Heinrich; Stefan Goertz

5. Uncertainty Quantification of Aeroelastic Systems with Structural or Aerodynamic Nonlinearities
Robert G. Cook; Christopher Wales; Ann Gaitonde; Dorian Jones; Jonathan E. Cooper; Benoit Tartinville; Harmen van der Ven

The session will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 27 June and will be chaired by Dorian Jones. More information is available on the AIAA Aviation Forum website.

Save the Date – AeroGust workshop 24 May

AeroGust workshop

Thursday 24 May 2018

Engineers’ House Conference Centre

Engineers’ House Conference Centre, Bristol

As the AeroGust project draws to a close this workshop will present what has been achieved and how the research will impact on the aerospace  industry. The workshop will cover three main areas:

  1. Understanding non-linearities of gust interaction
  2. Reducing reliance on wind tunnel testing
  3. Adaptation of the loads process for non-linear and innovative structures, including through the use of reduced order modelling.

To register your interest contact Nic Woodhall at



Thirty month progress meeting

The thirty month progress meeting was hosted by INRIA in the beautiful city of Bordeaux. Sadly, Emma Smith who had organised the previous meetings, was not present having gained a recent promotion. The meeting wished her well and welcomed her replacement, Nic Woodhall.

Following a full management update, the meeting reviewed progress of the various work packages and partners gave technical presentations. Thoughts then turned to the final project workshop to be held in Bristol next summer (2018). The workshop will be used to draw together and present the findings of the research.

Upcoming dissemination activities for AeroGust include:

  • AIAA SciTech Conference (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Science and Technology Forum and Exposition) to be held in Orlando, Florida in January 2018
  • Special session at AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2018) 25 – 29 June 2018 in Atlanta, USA


If you are interested in attending the final workshop in Bristol to hear about the findings of our research, please email This event is open to all.

Copies of the presentations given by partners are available on the Publications page.


05-07/09/2017 German Aerospace Congress (DLRK2017)

The German Aerospace Congress (Der Deutsche Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress – DLRK) is organised by the German aerospace society (DGLR) and takes place on an annual basis. It is the only association in Germany to be represented by specialists from all disciplines of the aviation and aerospace industry. The Congress aims to promote scientific and technical exchange with a focus on innovations and new technologies. This year a member of the AeroGust consortium, Dr. Stefan Görtz from the German Aerospace Center (DLR), will present cutting edge research in Reduced Order Modelling for aircraft.


Thu 07 Sep, 09:20 – 09:45 Reduced Order Modelling​: Room MW1250 (C)
Paper 0106: Towards Reduced Order Modelling for Gust Simulations
S. Görtz on behalf of Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

Abstract: This work gives an overview of the nonlinear reduced order modeling (ROM) approach for unsteady aerodynamics developed by DLR, and its application to gust simulations. Here, physics-based ROMs based on high-fidelity CFD are be used to predict approximate aerodynamic solution, in terms of the pressure distribution, for different gust wave lengths and amplitudes. High-fidelity simulations computed with the DLR’s CFD solver TAU serve as training data to build the ROM and as a reference for the gust responses predictions. Results are presented for an airfoil in transonic flow.

AeroGust Impact

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.