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ASTRAL Project

ASTRAL Design and Manufacturing of an Advanced Wing Structure for Rotorcraft Additional Lift

The Advanced Wing Structure for Rotorcraft Additional Lift demonstrator (ASTRAL) project aims to meet these targets by proposing innovative and ground breaking design, manufacturing and testing solutions for the wings of the future fast compound rotorcraft. The project will specifically focus on new digital design and simulation techniques, combined with future highly efficient, informatics reach and quality-driven cost-effective manufacturing solutions that will be rigorously tested and validated to deliver the underlining technologies for a world leading future rotorcraft wings.

Design and manufacturing of an advanced wing structure for rotorcraft additional lift – Each half-wing insures a significant part of the rotorcraft lift and support a Propeller Gearbox, It includes a flap and a drive shaft is installed in the wing box. The activities cover the structural design according to Airbus Helicopters specification (including aerodynamic surface), the stress analysis, the manufacturing and the tests before first flight.

The ACHIEVE stakeholders are the University of Nottingham and GE Aviation.

For more information about the ASTRAL project please contact:

Professor Svetan Ratchev
Project PI


GE Aviation


This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 807083.
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