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AFLoNext Project Results in Berlin

13 February 2018

The final Conference on the AFLoNext project will be organized within the framework of the International Aviation and Space Salon ILA in Berlin (Germany) at the end of April. The aim of the project is to establish highly promising flow control technologies for novel aircraft configurations. The Zhukovsky Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI, a member of the National Research Center “Zhukovsky Institute”) is one of the participants in the study. The Institute tested a wing section model in Europe’s largest subsonic wind tunnel. Scientists managed to test a model using actuators based on two different methods of pulse jet flow. Wind tunnel tests change the flow picture and help to smooth out undesirable phenomena. TsAGI specialists found that the designed technology demonstrated excellent aerodynamic efficiency. The results of the project will be an important step towards the creation of next-generation aircraft.

During the two-day Conference participants will summarize their research results and present them to the public. They will discuss the prospects for application of the results to improve the aerodynamic performance for civil aviation.

AFLoNext (“2nd Generation Active Wing” — is a project with the objective of proving and maturing highly promising flow control technologies for novel aircraft configurations to achieve a quantum leap in improving an aircraft’s performance, and thus reducing the environmental footprint in active flow control, loads and noise on the next-generation wing). The project receives funding from the 7th EU framework programme for research and technology development in the framework of the agreement of grant No. 604013. Forty leading foreign enterprises in the aviation industry from 15 countries are involved in the work, including TsAGI, Airbus, DLR, ONERA, NLR, Fraunhofer, Dassault Aviation, INCAS, CIRA, and VZLU. The project was launched in 2013 and will end in 2018.

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