Clean Sky 2 WINGPULSE demonstrator

Posted on Monday 23rd January 2023

As part of the Farnborough International Airshow held 18-22 July 2022 (FIA2022), a reduced scale demonstrator of the Clean Sky 2 WINGPULSE project was exhibited on the University of Nottingham Stand.

Recent development of larger, more efficient Ultra High Bypass Ratio (UHBR) engines requires slat cutbacks at the juncture of the engine pylon, which significantly promotes drag and reduces lift in high angle of attack flight, such as take-off. The WINGPULSE project aims to mitigate the adverse effect of UHBR integration by incorporating novel active flow control (AFC) technology. AFC, in the form of pulsing air through a series of fine slots in the wing in the vicinity of the slat cutback, has the potential to reduce drag and recover maximum lift.

The model exhibited at FIA2022, a reduced scale demonstrator of the WINGPULSE model, was designed, built and successfully tested in a wind tunnel by a team of five undergraduate engineering students from M3 Department as part of a group design and make project, which ran October 2021 - June 2022. Find out more about the WINGPULSE project

Held every two years, the Farnborough International Airshow is one of the world's biggest aerospace events and even more so for FIA2022, after a four-year absence. More information about FIA2022.

For further information please contact Dr Mark Jabbal.

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