The mechanical design of the wind tunnel model named AE1 has been completed by IBK. The model is composed by the wing plus the strut and will be tested at POLIMI’s Large Wind Tunnel facility for flutter investigation. It is an aeroelastic model, constant Froude scaled by POLIMI with respect to the reference full scale aircraft designed by ONERA.
U-Harward Project | Ultra High Aspect Ratio Wing Advanced Research and Designs
U-HARWARD will consider the use of innovative aerodynamic and aeroelastic designs in a multi-fidelity multi-disciplinary optimal design approach to facilitate the development of Ultra-High aspect ratio wings for large transport aircraft. A conceptual design study, building on the current state of the art, will perform trade-off studies to determine the potential gains of different wing configurations and loads alleviation concepts in terms of aerodynamics, weight, noise, fuel-burn and range. Scaled model wind tunnel tests will be used to validate parametric variations in the aerodynamic and acoustic characteristics. Starting from a reference aircraft, the preliminary design of the best candidate configuration will be completed and the estimated gains validated using high fidelity tools and a larger scale aeroelastic test.