TsAGI has started testing under the AFLoNext EU project
25 September 2017
Specialists of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky”) together with their European colleagues started a series of experiments under the AFLoNext EU project.
Studies of flow control techniques on a wing section of a civil aircraft in landing conditions take place in the largest TsAGI wind tunnel. To control the flow, the scientists use actuators based on two different the pulsed jet approaches.
At the present stage, the TsAGI’s experts together with delegations of the partner companies Airbus, DLR, Fraunhofer and NLR assembled and prepared a model for testing, adjusted the measuring equipment and the developed flow control systems, adapted the systems for collecting and processing information obtained during the experiments, and started aerodynamic tests. In this case, the large-scale model of a wing compartment acts as a demonstrator where the aerodynamic effectiveness of the developed actuator approaches is validated.
“The problems under consideration and the ways to solve them are challenging and largely advanced. If the project shows positive results, the experience and the technologies developed can be exploited for the needs of the domestic aviation industry,” said Ph.D., Head of sector of the Department for Aerodynamics of Aircraft and Missiles of TsAGI and Leader of TsAGI team in the AFLoNext project Vitaly Sudakov.
AFLoNext (“2nd Generation Active Wing” — Active Flow- Loads & Noise control on next generation wing") is a research project funded in the framework of the 7th EU Framework Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 604013, in which 40 organizations participate including TsAGI. The main goal of the research is to develop technologies to improve aerodynamic characteristics of next-generation civil aviation aircraft based on innovative developments in the field of airflow control systems. The project was launched in 2013.