The AeroGust consortium brings together a total of 12 organisations across. Our partners combine academic, industrial and SME expertise. All have relevant experience in the field of numerical modelling of unsteady fluid flows and aeroelastics and are recognized experts in these fields.

The project is university led and has the necessary industrial direction to ensure that the knowledge produced by the project will be exploited to drive future aircraft design procedures.

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is one of the leading universities in the UK. The Department of Aerospace Engineering, has been established for seventy years and is a leading provider of aerospace research and teaching in the UK.

The Department has experience of managing European projects and has excellent links with national and international industry including:

  • Airbus
  • BAe Systems
  • AugustaWestland
  • Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (SAFRAN)
  • Rolls-Royce

All have a significant research and development presence in the Bristol region.

The Fluids and Aerodynamics group is long established and carries out research on numerous National and International projects e.g. GLAMOUR, AWI, Enhanced Fidelity Transonic Wing (EFT) and ALPES.

University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town was founded in 1829, making it the oldest university in South Africa. It is also the top tertiary institution in Africa, achieving a ranking of 126 on the Times Higher Education, and is the only African university under the top 200 on the list.

Research is at the heart of the University’s mission and accounts for its prestige, boasting over 30 A rated researchers (highest national rating for international recognition) and has producing 3 Nobel Prize Laureates.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a leading provider of aerospace research and teaching in South Africa. The Department has productive links with local and international industry including Airbus and Airbus Defence & Space, while serving on the executive of the South African National Aerospace Centre (NAC).

UCT has been an active participant of European Framework Projects and boasted active participation in 6 FP7 projects.

University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is renowned for its teaching and research excellence. The investigators are based in the School of Engineering and are members of the Centre of Engineering Dynamics, which comprises 12 academics and around 30 researchers.

The activities of the Centre include computational aerodynamics and computational aeroelasticity with several industrial collaborators, flight simulation, vibration and control and fluid dynamics.

The key personnel at the University of Liverpool has been involved in a number of recent national and international projects related to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational aeroelasticity.

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military.

The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

Airbus Defence and Space possesses the competencies and skills for mission and combat aircraft. Beginning with design and development, it handles everything from engineering, production and systems integration to comprehensive product support during operation, including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services.

Airbus Defence and Space has been involved in numerous national, international and EU projects, both as participant and coordinator.

Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation is one of the major players in the global aviation industry, with a presence in more than 80 countries across the 5 continents, whose primary vocation is the design, development, production, sale and maintenance of business and military aircraft.

Dassault Aviation also leads space activities in the following fields:

  • Aerospace vehicle studies
  • Telemetry systems for Ariane, Soyouz and Vega (French Guyana space center)
  • Pyrotechnics: launcher and satellite equipment

The Research and Development employs nearly one quarter of the company’s workforce (about 8000 people) and fundamental and pre-competitive research is usually carried out in close co-operation with universities, research institutes and other industrial partners via a wide international network.


DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany and has approximately 7,700 employees in 16 locations. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.

DLR operates major research facilities, including wind tunnels, research aircraft, high-performance supercomputers and networks, for its own projects and as a service for clients and partners. The primary objective of DLR’s aerospace research activities is to enhance the competitiveness of Germany’s and Europe’s aerospace industries and to achieve governmental and societal objectives.

The Institute of Aeroelasticity, located in Göttingen, performs multidisciplinary research activities and industrial contract work with the aim to reliably predict aeroelastic phenomena and to ensure the operational safety of new developments.


Established in 1967, INRIA is the only French public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences.  INRIA’s missions are to produce outstanding research in the computing and mathematical fields of digital sciences and to ensure the impact of this research on the economy and society in particular.

INRIA covers the entire spectrum of research at the heart of these activity fields and works on digitally-related issues raised by other sciences and by actors in the economy and society at large.

Throughout its 8 research centres and its 180 project teams, INRIA has a workforce of 3 400 scientists with an annual budget of 265 million euros, 29% of which coming from its own resources.


The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR is the central institute for aerospace research in the Netherlands. Since 1937 NLR is an independent non-profit organisation that provides technological support to aerospace industries, to operators of civil and military aircraft, of airports and of ATC systems, to authorities and to international organisations, all over the world.

NLR is a customer-oriented research organisation, working under national and international contracts in projects concerning aircraft development, aircraft operations, and space technology.

NLR employs a staff of about 700 in two main establishments, one in Amsterdam and one in Flevoland. Over two-thirds of the staff are graduates from universities or technical colleges.


NUMECA Int. is a Belgian SME and is active in the development and marketing of advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), grid generation multiphysics and optimization software – though research activities are oriented towards the area of aeronautics and propulsion.

Founded as a result of research activities carried out in the field of CFD at the Department of Fluid Mechanics of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and has been growing steadily, progressively gaining worldwide recognition. Presently, NUMECA has over 80 engineers and PhD scientists at its headquarters in Brussels, and another 30-35 active in its worldwide network.

Optimad Engineering

Optimad engineering develops software for aerodynamic analysis, design and optimization. The company enjoys the status of being a Spin-Off of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino.

Technology transfer is the company’s everyday business: Industrial process innovation is envisaged with expertise found in a large network of universities and research institutes. The company employs highly qualified personnel, 100% of the technical staff hold a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics or similar disciplines.

There are three distinct business units present within the company:

  • software development
  • product innovation
  • applied research

Piaggio Aerospace

Piaggio Aerospace is one of the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturers. Since its inception more than 50 aircraft models have been designed and manufactured.

Today, Piaggio Aerospace is the only company in the world to be active in aircraft, aero-engines and aero structures manufacturing. The company main businesses are aeroplane design and manufacturing, engine overhaul and engine parts manufacturing, aero-structures and aircraft maintenance.

Piaggio has a workforce of 1400 employees, who are based manly in two plants: Genoa and Finale Ligure. There is one more engineering unit in Naples, which is mainly dedicated to research.


VALEOL provides the technical and industrial expertise, as well as the traditional and strengthened efforts of Research and Development for wind turbine technologies.

As a 100% subsidiary of the VALOREM group (producer of wind and other green energies) and with solid knowledge and backgrounds of its engineers and PhD students, VALEOL is focused on the market needs thanks to its mother group and sister subsidiaries, from prototype realization to the deposit of patents and the effective installation of innovative solutions.

VALEOL also provides transportation services, installation, and commissioning of wind turbines for the benefit of developers and turbine manufacturers. Under this expertise, VALEOL is present in the international market, from the White
Cape in Mauritania to the Black Sea.