EASN Newsletter - August 2019


  • 9th EASN International Conference - Final Countdown

    Only 6 days left for the beginning of the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space!

    The Organizing Committee is ready to welcome the participants between the 3rd and the 6th September 2019, at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos” in Athens, Greece. So far, more than 400 scientists, engineers and policy makers are expected to join the event. The final agenda of the Conference has been released and you may find it here. The agenda includes 9 Κey-Νote Lectures and more than 370 technical presentations distributed in approximately 70 sessions. Additionaly, representatives of the Greek Aviation and Space ecosystem will have the opportunity to demonstrate their work, as the event is structured in a way that will enhance the interaction and will present an excellent opportunity for networking and creating new synergies for future collaborations. The following booths will host the respective entities: 

    1 | Hellenic Aerospace Industry
    2 | Laboratory of Technology and Strength of Material (LTSM) - University of Patras
    3 | Hellenic Aerospace Security & Defense Industries Group (HASDIG)
    5 | Laboratory of Applied Mechanics and Vibrations - University of Patras
    6 | School of Engineering - University of Patras
    7 | PARAGON S.A.
    8 | ADAMANT Composites Ltd.
    9 | European Aeronautics Science Network - EASN-TIS
    10 | Research Unit of Advanced Composites, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology (RNANO) - National Technical University of Athens

    11 | RADIAN project

    Moreover, the Organizing Committee have made arrangements for several social and side events which will take place during the 9th EASN International Conference. If you have not do so, we strongly encourage you to visit the official website of the 9th EASN International Conference, find out what is new and arrange your registration as soon as possible! Looking forward to welcome you in Athens and make the 2019 Conference one more successful gathering of the EASN Association!

  • Joint Declaration for Clean Aviation in Horizon Europe

    Twenty-three Aeronautics Industry leaders, Research Organisations and university Associations across Europe signed on the 19th of June 2019 at Paris Air Show (Le Bourget) a Joint Declaration of European Aviation Research Stakeholders Related to Clean Aviation in Horizon Europe, to express their strong commitment to a future European partnership that can lead the way towards a deep decarbonisation of aviation by 2050. The EASN Association, being the stakeholder of the European Academia active in the field of aviation related research, is amongst the entities that signed this declaration. The partnership should build on the progress made under the Clean Sky programmes and develop further-reaching innovations and concrete roadmaps for their implementation in a new breed of aircraft from 2030 and beyond.

    Following to the above joint declaration, the EASN Association has been invited by Clean Sky JU, to represent Academia and participate in a Preparation Group that will shape the Clean Sky 3 Work Programme. In this context, the EASN Association is represented in the High-Level Committee of Clean Sky 3 Preparation Group (CS3PG) by Prof. Spiros Pantelakis and Prof. Andreas Strohmayer. Two pillars defining the main technical scope and content of the CS3 programme are shaped:

    • Explore & Mature - i.e. a high-level disruptive and long-term research agenda (EASN representatives: Co-chair of the WG: Prof. Spiros Pantelakis, Member of the WG: Dr. Helge Pfeiffer)
    • Integrate & Demonstrate - i.e. the demonstrator programme (EASN representatives: Co-chair of the WG: Prof. Andreas Strohmayer)
  • Interview of the CSJU Head of Strategic Development Mr. Ron Van Manen

    EASN Association is pleased to host an interview of Mr. Ron Van Manen (short CV here), Head of Strategic Development of Clean Sky Joint Undertaking. Mr. Van Manen kindly accepted to share with the readers of the EASN Newsletter his perspective regarding the challenges of the Aviation Sector for the next decades as well as the joint effort of the European Stakeholders to formulate the Clean Sky 3 Programme in the frame of the upcoming Horizon Europe. 

  • White Book on breakthrough innovation and disruptive concepts in Aviation & Space

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    The EASN Association elaborated a White Book on breakthrough innovation and disruptive concepts in Aviation. This White Book contains a number of upstream and breakthrough research topics proposed by the Board of Directors, the National Contact Points as well as individual EASN members. It will serve as the input that will be provided by EASN on shaping Horizon Europe in Aeronautics, in the frame of EASN’s institutional role as Academia representative. The White Book remains open and will be constantly updated with input.

    After an extensive consultation involving a big number of EASN members, EASN released the first version of the White Book on breakthrough innovation and disruptive concepts in Space. This White Book includes space research priority topics and research implementation within Horizon Europe framework, enabling EASN to contribute to the Space Strategy research and its implementation process from the viewpoint of University research and technology related to Space.

    Registered EASN Members can view and download the White Books here.

  • 3rd EASN Stakeholders Advisory Board (SAB)

    The 3rd EASN Stakeholders Advisory Board (SAB) was held on the 4th of April 2019 in Brussels, where the SAB members had the opportunity to exchange ideas and decide on future steps and actions. The EASN Stakeholders Advisory Board consists of seven distinguished personalities of the aeronautics community: 

    1. Mr. Eric Dautriatformer Executive Director of Clean Sky and Clean Sky 2
    2. Dr. Dietrich Knoerzerformer Senior Officer in the Aviation Unit of the DG Transport, EC
    3. Mr. Jens König, Airbus Operations GmbH
    4. Mr. Volker KrajenskiGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)
    5. Prof. Dr. Dieter SchmittACS - Aeronautical Consulting & Solutions
    6. Prof. Dr. Andreas StrohmayerUniversity of Stuttgart and BoD member of the EASN Association
    7. Dr. Gioia VenturiniSAFRAN Group

    The 4th EASN SAB meeting will take place on the 5th of September 2019 in Athens, during the the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”.


    For more information about the SAB, please click here

  • 2nd EASN NCP meeting

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    The EASN Association has revitalized the role of the National Contact Points (NCP’s). National Contact Points will be EASN’s direct contact link for the Academia in their countries and at the same time entrance point for co-operation requests from other Stakeholders (Industry, SMEs, Research Establishments, Public).

    The 2nd EASN National Contact Points meeting was successfully conducted at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest on the 29th of May 2019 in the frame of the 8th European Aeronautics Days (Aerodays). The meeting aimed at discussing the progress performed during the last three months and provided the opportunity for a fruitful exchange of ideas among NCPs on their future steps.

    The 3rd EASN NCP meeting will take place on the 6th of September 2019 in Athens, during the the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”.

    More information regarding the National Contact Points can be found here

  • 10th General Assembly of the EASN Association & elections for the next Board of Directors (BoD)

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    The EASN Association will hold its 10th General Assembly on Tuesday 3rd of September, aside of the 9th EASN International Conference. The General Assembly will take place at the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR “Demokritos”) Congress Center in Athens. As the body having the full competent to carry out the aims of the Association, the General Assembly will discuss the achievements of the previous year, set the frame and provide guidelines and input for the next BoD.

    The General Assembly will proceed with the dissolution of the current Board of Director (BoD), as it comes to the end of the 3-years term. In this context, the elections for the next BoD will take place on Wednesday 4th of September at the venue of the conference.

    All active members of the EASN Association are kindly invited to participate to both the General Assembly, as well as the elections for the next Board of Directors.

EASN supported projects: Latest news and achievements

  • With the closing of the ICARUS (Innovative Coarsening-resistant Alloys with enhanced Radiation tolerance and Ultrafine-grained Structure for aerospace application) Project, its team of experts is pleased to see that surprising results were accomplished. In the frame of the project classical CALPHAD and statistical thermodynamics were combined in a general theoretical scheme that allows exploring the Gibbs free energy surface under different possible approximation scenarios. The resulting model predicts the existence of thermodynamically stable multicomponent nanocrystalline alloys and provides a tool for identifying them based on the available physical and chemical information. “Now, not only we show that thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline alloys can be actually fabricated, but we also provide a tool, which can be further improved, and allows the systematic exploration of the thermodynamics of multicomponent metal alloys.” states one of the main ICARUS researchers.

    The ICARUS team during its three-year lifetime targeted the identification of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline (nc) metal alloys resistant to coarsening with enhanced radiation tolerance (based on refractory metals, eg W) as well as lightweight high-strength (based on Al, Mg, Ti) alloys. Several nanocrystalline alloys were produced and tested during the course of the project and the aggregated results of the test campaign will be soon available on the ICARUS Official website. The consortium will present the scientific and technical achievements of the project to the European Commission Project Officer and the EC reviewers on the 18th of October 2019, allowing them to conduct the project assessment against the applicable Description of Work.

    If you would like to access the ICARUS scientific papers in open-access view, please visit the ICARUS Community in ZENODO and for more information on our results check www.icarus-alloys.eu regularly.

  • SARAH is currently in its third year of activities and several important milestones have already been achieved. At present, the consortium is organizing its upcoming session, which will be held in the frame of the 9th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space” on September 4th, 2019 at IBE Hall, from 14:30 until 18:05 and will be chaired by Dr. Stephan Adden (IBK). The project will introduce its current progress and upcoming results through the following presentations:

    1.  “Scaled Model Experiments Of The Ditching Phase”, E. Spinosa
    2. “A Fully-Nonlinear Potential Flow Model For Aircraft Ditching Applications”, A. Del Buono
    3.  “Aircraft Ditching Simulation With Ditch”, T. Rung
    4. “Prerequisites for the accurate prediction of hydrodynamic impact loads in mesh-based ditching simulations”, M. Müller
    5. “Novel energy absorbing concepts for ditching scenarios”, J. Seiler
    7.  “Development of structural fuselage models for numerical analysis of aircraft ditching events”, M. Woidt
    8. “SARAH - Some outcomes Contributing to Helicopter ditching”, S. Halbout
    9.  “Experimental testing of helicopter ditching in waves, from specifications to tests”, J. Ohana

    To stay updated with all our latest news, please follow www.sarah-project.eu.

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  • ICARUS-SW, a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) H2020 project, was officially launched during its Kick-Off Meeting on the 9th of May in Patras, Greece beginning its first steps towards its one-year lifetime. The underlying innovation idea of ICARUS-SW is a software for the identification and prediction of new nanocrystalline (nc) alloys with tailored properties. The software can be used as a predictive tool for the exploration, identification and design of new thermodynamically stable multi-component nc metal alloys with enhanced thermal, mechanical and irradiation damage self-healing properties. This can result in new families of materials with unprecedented properties and performances, paving the way for broad application areas: conceptually new structural materials, radiation-tolerant metals, engineered nanostructures for catalysis & energy production, lightweight alloys or corrosion-resistant coatings, unlocking many challenges faced nowadays by science and technology in the various fields.

    Undoubtedly there are several commercial software products on the market for the simulation and modeling of phase diagrams and thermochemistry (Calphad Software Products) supporting the exploration of new materials. Yet up to now, there is no such product covering the development of nc alloys. In the frame of the ICARUS-SW project the exploitation, IPR and dissemination strategies of the software will be defined and implemented based on in-depth market analysis, business planning and other exploitation-related activities. ICARUS-SW is coordinated by BRIMATECH and its team of experts also comprises UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS and EASN-TIS.

  • RUMBLE, being in the second half of its three year lifetime, conducted successfully on the 20th and 21st of June 2019 the 3rd Progress Review meeting in Saint-Cyr-l'École, France. The progress performed from the beginning of the project was presented to the European Commission Project Officer who provided his valuable feedback. The RUMBLE partners also participated in a demonstration of the sonic boom simulator, which will be used to investigate the effects of low sonic boom.

    The RUMBLE consortium is happy to invite you to its first open workshop that will be held on the 4th of September 2019, from 16:45 to 18:45 in the frame of the 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) “Demokritos”, in Athens. The workshop will demonstrate the latest promising achievements, present the main produced up-to-date findings and recommendations, as well as offer room for an open discussion between the RUMBLE team and RTD experts from the international aviation community.

    For more information and regular updates on the RUMBLE Project, please visit the RUMBLE official website.

Coordination and Support Actions: Latest news

  • The H2020 CSA OSCAR - Open ScienCe Aeronautic & Air Transport Research, aims at paving the way towards Open Science in European aviation research by detailed analysis of the landscape and by developing, validating, and promoting a suitable Open Science concept. OSCAR held its 6-Months’ progress meeting on the 25th of June 2019 in Athens, Greece. Representatives of all consortium members participated and discussed upon the main progress made during the initial six months of the project. Moreover, they have cordially prepared and coordinated the foremost tasks and activities planned to take place in the near future. In the frame of this occasion, a fruitful meeting was also held between the OSCAR team and the coordinator of the BE-OPEN project. The latter aims at promoting Open Science in transport research and assist in regulating and standardizing it. The two projects have agreed to frequently exchange, support each other and collaborate where possible; so as to mutually benefit and avoid duplications of effort.

    Last but not least, OSCAR will participate at the 9th EASN international Conference on “Innovation in Aviation and Space” which will take place in Athens, Greece from the 3rd until the 6th of September, 2019. OSCAR will be presented on September 3rd at 15:00h, in the frame of the session dedicated to the Support Actions for coordinating Research in the field of Aviation.

    Join OSCAR on social media and stay updated on its activities and news! OSCAR Twitter account and the OSCAR official website

  • The H2020 Coordination and Support Action RADIAN (Facilitating Collaboration in ReseArch and Development to Foster Further Innovation in European AeroNautics), aimed at achieving a more integrated European research environment in Aeronautics and Air Transportation, is successfully moving towards its closure.

    RADIAN has been a multi-step project in the frame of which the most important barriers for international collaboration in aviation research at EU level have been identified, as well as solutions and measures on the regional level have been developed and verified.

    The RADIAN team is happy to invite you to the project’s Final Conference, which will be held on September 4th, 2019, in Athens, Greece; in the frame of the 9th EASN International Conference. The event is aimed at showing the project’s main results and best practices, also thanks to the contribution of relevant stakeholders in the European aviation sector. The principal focus of the event will be the role of the project in supporting EU-13 countries in the participation in Horizon2020 Aeronautics Calls. Finally, during the event a live demonstration of the ARCPORT Platform will be performed. Further information on the event as well as on the RADIAN foremost results and activities can be found on the project public website: https://www.h2020-radian.eu/en

Other latest news and achievements

  • A collaboration platform entirely dedicated to the Aviation community has been developed in the frame of the H2020 RADIAN project. The “Aeronautics Research Collaboration PORTal” –ARCPORT– is a smart, full-scale networking platform aimed to promote collaboration and provide networking opportunities among its users. This platform develops automated processes to notify users about news, events, call topics and other relevant information based on their specialized interests. It also provides immediate interaction and collaboration among the users through the provision of collaborative virtual rooms, live chat, internal messages, document sharing etc. ARCPORT is a secure, reliable, open and free to use portal without any limitation. Join in now at the official ARCPORTwebsite!

  • ORPHEUS is a novel 3D audio system for simulators, addressing the need for a more realistic reproduction and audio experience of the actual aircraft performance during different operation conditions. ORPHEUS is:

    • Installed and operating in the ASCENT Cockpit demonstrator located at Airbus Defense & Space (Getafe, Spain)
    • Replicable for Aircraft and Rotorcraft Cockpit & Cabin simulators

    ORPHEUS was presented at the 8th European Aeronautics Days in Bucharest. Come and meet us at our stand #7 in the 9th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation and Space

    For more information, please contact Jason Tsahalis, jtsahalis@paragon.gr, +30 210 2220008 or visit the Active Simulator Cockpit Enhancement.

  • Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking is looking for:

    1. a Programme Officer (Temporary Agent 2f Grade AD8) to support the Head of Unit in the programme development and management of Research Activities in the Aeronautic domain and

    2. a Project Officer (Temporary Agent 2f Grade AD7) to support the operational unit in the project management of Research Activities in the Aeronautic domain.

    For more information please visit this link. Full description of the positions can be found here

    Deadline for applications: 23 September at 13:00 (Brussels time)

  • Kaunas University of Technology is currently searching for an early stage researcher to work in the frame of NDTonAir project and more specifically if a PhD position at the Prof.K.Barsauskas Ultrasound Research Institute Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, in the frame of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network: “NDTonAIR: Training Network in Non-Destructive Testing and Structural Health Monitoring of Aircraft structures” EU call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016. The title of the ESR-PhD Research Project is: Guided-wave inspection of aerospace components using contactless measurements.

    Job description and eligibility Criteria: The research topic is in the field of ultrasonic measurements and nondestructive testing, a background in acoustic, electrical and electronic engineering is requested. The research activity will be performed in the Prof. K. Baršauskas Ultrasound Research Institute of Kaunas University of Technology.Full description of the position can be found here.

    Contact: Prof. dr. Elena Jasiūnienė (elena.jasiuniene@ktu.lt), Ultrasound Research Institute, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania.

  • Successful Ending of the ECO-COMPASS Project

    ECO-COMPASS project that is funded by EU Horizon 2020 and The Ministry for Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China, has been completed successfully and researchers from The University of Manchester have made significant contributions related to manufacturing and characterisation, including mechanical, vibration and acoustic behaviour of multi-layered composite plates. ECO-COMPASS effort focused on the improvement of the performance of natural fibre reinforced polymers, mixed with recycled short carbon fibres and eco-friendly epoxy resins. Numerical modelling assisted the optimisation process that aimed to reduce overall structural weight of interior aircraft panels, which leads to reduced aviation emissions and better protection of the environment.   

    During the last 3 years, researchers from China and EU worked in harmony to develop ecological and multifunctional composites for aircraft interior and secondary structures in ECO-COMPASS. The coordination team reviewed and submitted more than 30 deliverables, 14 articles published in 4 scientific journals, including 10 articles in a special issue of the Chinese Aerospace Journal.

    Please find more information on the project public website: www.eco-compass.eu

  • EFESTO - European Flexible hEat Shields: advanced TPS design and tests for future in-Orbit demonstration

    The H2020 EFESTO project started in March 2019. The team is preparing for the preliminary designs for the applications defined during concurrent design sessions. The inflatable heat shield could allow the exploration of wider areas on Mars carrying a bigger payload or enhance launcher upper stages reusability. Laboratory tests will be performed on the inflatable structure and on the flexible thermal protection system in preparation to future IOD flights.

    EFESTO is coordinated by DEIMOS Space with a team including DLR, ONERA, CIRA, AVIOSPACE and POLITO, representing 4 European countries.

    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821801.

    Do not miss any progress! Check the project website www.efesto-project.eu and subscribe to the newsletter. EFESTO is also on Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • Design and characterization of composite materials for CubeSat structures

    The project goal is to evaluate carbon-epoxy composites as potential materials to be used in CubeSat structures. Evaluation of mechanical properties, numerical simulation by FEA, and prototyping the CubeSat structure have been the main research achievements. Vibration analysis and UV radiation of the composite prototype are the next activities.

    • Evaluation of addition of nanoparticles in the epoxy resin (Al2O3, ZnO, graphene & graphite)
    • Cost-benefit evaluation of manufacturing process (VARTM, RTM, autoclave)
    • Thermal and numerical simulation of the CubeSat by FEA under Low-Earth-Orbit parameters Vibration test plan under CubeSat standard.

    More information can be found here.

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