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EPSRC Reference: GR/S71552/01
Title: Integrated Programme of Research in Aeronautical Engineering
Principal Investigator: John, Professor P
Other Investigators:
Postlethwaite, Professor I Morgan, Professor K Dawson, Dr JF
Gu, Professor D Vinter, Professor RB Fielding, Professor JP
Gibbons, Dr GJ Leschziner, Professor M Christopoulos, Professor C
Davies, Professor G Keane, Professor AJ Watkins, Professor KG
Crowther, Professor WJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BAE Systems
Department: Sch of Industrial and Manufacturing Scie
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 June 2004 Ends: 28 February 2010 Value (£): 6,502,023
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Aerodynamics Control Engineering
Design Engineering Electromagnetics
Manufacturing Machine & Plant Materials testing & eng.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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This proposal initiates a substantial five-year, integrated programme of research that will deliver innovative technologies addressing the grand challenges. An aerodynamics programme will investigate various forms of flow control for trim and manoeuvre; Control Systems studies will develop sophisticated algorithms for control of both single and multiple pilotless vehicles, including investigation of control for distributed actuators and sensors. Linked to the control and communication aspects, survivability against hostile electromagnetic threats will be crucial in terms of practicality of UCAV capabilities. A programme of work to develop improved prediction and simulation capability for electromagnetics will specifically address survivability issues. Novel actuation and sensing requires improved communication between central processing and distributed devices; a programme to develop micro-direct laser fabrication will be undertaken to develop in-build electrical functionality in aeronautical systems. Manufacturing processes, especially those associated with composites will be investigated to provide low cost, high reliability capability, and technologies for accurate lifing of materials will provide methods for holistic life-cycle design and management. Demonstration of emerging technologies will be achieved through manufactured components and flight test of sufficiently mature technologies.
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