Project Summary

FLEXOP is planned to last for 42 months and the foreseen work plan is structured in 5 work packages. The project has the ambitious goal of implementing a wide programme of activities especially designed and conceived to improve the tools, skills and knowledge of the current and future aerospace stakeholders in the research and commercial production domain, particularly focusing on interdisciplinary design tools geared towards derivative aircraft design.
  • WP1 (Aero-elastic Tailoring and Wing Design) focuses on tools and methods related to aero-elastically tailoring of flexible wings, with maturing currently existing tools and combining them into a tool-chain relevant for industrial consideration. WP1 will keep the control design and flutter analysis related modelling requirement in view, to be able to close the design loop feeding inputs to WP2.
  • Research and maturation of active flexible aircraft control and the related robust flutter prediction methods will be the target of WP2 (Flutter Prediction and Control Design Methods), which requires effort on the model reduction side also. The developed wing design together with the advanced control design tools will be evaluated in flight test as a part of WP3 (Flutter Management Demonstrator).
  • Within WP3 an affordable, scaled demonstrator platform with interchangeable wings will be manufactured, assembled and instrumented, comprising of minimum 5 pairs of wings and two air vehicle body, – in the interest of minimizing risk during project execution.
  • The evaluation of the tools and methods will be carried out within WP4 (Assessment, Validation and Scale-Up Issues) where the theoretical predictions will be compared with experimental flight test, and the finding will be generalized in a scale-up study applicable for derivative commercial aircraft design.