The Project

What are we doing?

The aim of AeroGust is to investigate and develop improved simulation methods for gusts.

To achieve the aim it will be necessary to capture greater complexity in the gust loads process without significantly increasing the cost and time. This will require three main areas of work.

  • Investigations using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities in gust interactions with an aircraft
  • Creation of a gust loads process that does not require wind tunnel data for early design stages when wind tunnel test data is unavailable
  • Development of updated reduced order models for gust prediction that account for aerodynamic and structural complexity at an acceptable cost

Why are we doing this?

Knowledge of aircraft/gust interactions is vital for loads estimation during aircraft design as it impacts on control systems and often defines the maximum loads that these structures will experience in service.

Increased competition and environmental concerns are likely to lead to the adoption of more flexible materials and the consideration of novel configurations, in which case the assumptions of the current gust loads process will become unacceptable.

The current process relies on steady wind tunnel data created from the final aerodynamic surface in the predicted cruise shape. This means that gust loads come relatively late when the design options have been narrowed.

Further, the wind turbine industry has similar concerns, with gusts and wind shear restricting the locations available for wind farms. The project will also address the extension of aerospace technology to wind turbine design.

Find out more about the project’s work packages and its partners.

What is Horizon 2020?

Horizon 2020 is the latest and biggest EU research and innovation programme to date. It replaced Framework 7 in 2014 and is destined to run until 2020 with a budget of almost € 80 billion. Horizon 2020 is a funding programme designed for all people involved in research and innovation – academia, research, industry and other stakeholder organisations to work together to respond to the EU’s growth strategy which will include:

  • Investing in future jobs and growth
  • Addressing peoples’ concerns about their livelihoods, safety & environment
  • Strengthening the global position of the EU in research, innovation and technology