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RQUESS Multiscale Analysis of AiRframe Structures and Quantification of UncErtaintie System

MARQUESS has been specifically designed to address the challenges outlined in the Topic Description reference JTI-CS2-2016-CFP04-LPA-02-15 to fit into the activities of WP2.4.3 in the LPA IADP in Clean Sky 2.

MARQUESS will serve as a valuable precursor to the above as it will enable comprehensive modelling and simulation studies to optimise decision making regarding the structural design of aircraft platforms. The outputs from this project will be applied to two Clean Sky Demonstrators to illustrate the benefits of multiscale modelling, whereby detailed models can be analysed and easily interpreted by designers without having to undertake the same levels of effort and computational resource as one would have to if performing detailed modelling and simulation of the whole structure.
UNOTT has vast experience of performing such work with projects analysing a range of aircraft components ranging from Aero-engine parts and structures through to landing gear components and bulkheads in major aircraft development programmes including both composite and metallic materials.

Results from MARQUESS will deliver outstanding benefits for Europe on three levels:

  • On the commercial level, aircraft designers will be able to use the methods and tools based on the holistic multi-scale modelling techniques being integrated and developed in the project to enhance their competitive offering
  • On the societal level, the modelling framework will provide quantitative justification that will enable the design of more environmentally friendly aircraft, which will bring benefits in terms of reduced pollution and even enhanced mobility as there will be better scheduling of aircraft maintenance resulting in more reliable operation
  • On the scientific and technical level, where systematic integration of the length scales will open new avenues for research, including better integration of models that demonstrate the results of nanomaterials in large structures, for example.

MARQUESS Infographic


Watch Research Fellow Mohammadreza Ilkhani give a presentation on the project.

The MARQUESS stakeholders are the University of Nottingham and Airbus.

For more information about the MARQUESS project please contact:

Professor Arthur Jones





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 754581.
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