Towards Industrial LES/DNS in Aeronautics — Paving the Way for Future Accurate CFD

Period: 2015 — 2018

Budget: 3 048 743 Euro

The TILDA project is aimed at the development of innovative methods and programmes of calculation of turbulent eddy flows on the basis of supercomputer technologies of the last generation.

The ability to simulate aerodynamic flows using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods has progressed rapidly over the last decades and has given rise to a change in design processes in aeronautics already. But more improvement is necessary to overcome the (still) existing lack in confidence in CFD usage, based on turbulence modelling. The TILDA project will offer methods and approaches combining advanced and efficient high-order numerical schemes (HOMs) with innovative approaches for large eddy simulation (LES) and direct numerical simulation (DNS) in order to resolve all relevant flow features on tens of thousands of processors in order to get close to a full LES/DNS solution for 1billion degrees-of-freedom not exceeding turn-around times of a few days.

The TILDA project will provide both an improved physical knowledge and more accurate predictions of non-linear, unsteady flows — near borders of the flight envelope — which will directly contribute to an enhanced reliability.


· NUMECA (Belgium) — coordinator,

· ФГУП „ЦАГИ” (Russia),

· DLR (Germany),

· ONERA (France),

· Dassault Aviation (France),

· SAFRAN (France),

· CERFACS (France),

· CENAERO (Belgium),

· UCLouvain (Belgium),

· University of Bergamo (Italy),

· Imperial College London (United Kingdom).

Future Sky Safety

Period: 2015 — 2021

Budget: 14 882 894 Euro

Future Sky Safety (FSS) is a Joint Research Programme (JRP) on Aviation Safety, established under coordination of EREA to achieve the objectives formulated ACARE, the FSS aims at ensuring safety of passengers and freight as well as the air transport system and its infrastructure. Research activities don’t relate to classified information or military programmes.

Conceptually, the FSS covers 4 themes:

Theme 1 (New solutions for today’s accidents) aims for breakthrough research with the purpose of enabling a direct, specific, significant risk reduction in the medium term.

Theme 2 (Strengthening the capability to manage risk) conducts research on processes and technologies to enable the aviation system actors to achieve near-total control over the safety risk in the air transport system.

Theme 3 (Building ultra-resilient systems and operators) conducts research on the improvement of Systems and the Human Operator with the specific aim to improve safety performance under unanticipated circumstances.

Theme 4 (Building ultra-resilient vehicles), aims at reducing the effect of external hazards on the aerial vehicle integrity, as well as improving the safety of the cabin environment.

From practical point of view, the FSS consists from 11 projects. The first one among projects with Russian participation starts P3 Runway Excursion Accidents.

There’re 32 participants, including:

· NLR (Hetherlands) — coordinator,

· ФГУП „ЦАГИ” (Russia),

· DLR (Germany),

· ONERA (France),

· CEiiA (Portugal),

· CIRA (Italy),

· CSEM (Switzerland),

· INCAS SA (Romania),

· INTA (Spain),

· VZLU (Czech Republic),

· FOI (Sweden),

· Airbus SAS (France),

· Airbus Operations SAS (France),

· EADS Construcciones Aeronauticas S.A. (Spain),

· Alenia Aermacchi Spa (Italy),

· Cranfield University (United Kingdom),

· Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (France).