Area 3 – Funded non-K:


Aircraft advanced rear end and empennage optimisation enhanced by anti-ice coatings and devices

Project coordinator @ CEST: Dr. Carmen Vladu

Project abstract:

IMPACT will explore the implementation of new passive anti-ice coatings and devices for the advanced rear end concept for the next generation of Airbus short and medium range aircraft. The project will also optimize its aerostructural properties and validate the technology with Icing Wind Tunnel tests.

The four main objectives of IMPACT are:

  • unlocking the capability to perform fast and accurate 3D ice accretion simulation suitable for non-straight leading-edge empennages, accounting for effects of passive anti-ice coatings and devices like leading-edge undulations;
  • characterizing, integrating, and exploiting the passive anti-ice coatings and devices for non-straight leading-edge empennage configurations, reaching TRL 5 at the end of the project;
  • developing and applying innovative aerostructural optimisation methods for advanced rear ends (ARE), including the effects of the passive anti-ice coatings and devices, to minimise drag and include structural and aeroelastic constraints;

validate the accuracy of the 3D icing accretion simulations and the performance of passive anti-ice coating and devices by means of large scale icing wind tunnel (IWT) experimental tests.

General info:

Program: H2020, Clean Sky

Funding agency: EU

Project duration: 1.09.2020 – 31.08.2023

Topic manager: Airbus Spain