The final meeting and conference of the SARISTU project was hosted by the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) in Zhukovsky near Moscow. Representatives of some of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers participated in the event.
The SARISTU project, partly financed by the European Commission, was launched in September 2011 in the scope of the 7th European Framework Programme. The project’s aims are the development of advanced “smart” next generation aircraft structures, selection and maturation of innovative materials, integration and cost reduction of Structural Health Monitoring techniques, structure damage tolerance improvement and studying new ways of structure response control in a turbulent atmosphere. Over 60 aviation industry enterprises from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and other states are participating in SARISTU, with Airbus Operations GmbH acting as coordinator. The project is close to completion in August 2015.
'Project SARISTU is dedicated to new concepts of morphing structures. This is work at the cutting edge of science, bringing together over 200 experts from different countries. It is a great honor for TsAGI to act as an organiser of this meeting', said Sergey Chernyshev, acting Director General of TsAGI.
In the words of Aleksandr Chevagin, TsAGI’s SARISTU leader and Head of the Aircraft Powerplants Aerodynamics Department, 'in [the] future, new technologies can considerably decrease the aircraft weight and fuel consumption, as well as noise level, and also cut operational and repair expenditure. However, the key requirement is always flight safety. From this point of view, the project pays special attention to checking functional capabilities and survivability of the new structures, as well as the systems of their state monitoring. Therefore, one of the main tasks was to manufacture the fuselage and wing prototypes for further bench tests. In the project, TsAGI was responsible for testing the wing of the technology demonstrator aircraft in a large wind tunnel in conditions close to the actual flight. In cooperation with our partners, the first results have been obtained confirming the efficiency of new technical solutions. Currently, the tests in the Institute are continuing.'
In the course of the conference, which took place in Zhukovsky and in Moscow, 100 scientific reports and posters were presented on the results of work within SARISTU. The European partners visited TsAGI’s full-scale wind tunnel wherein the wing testing and evaluation is being carried out.
Summing up the results of the final meeting, Sergey Chernyshev stressed that 'already now the efficiency is seen of cooperation of various enterprises and universities, aimed at the development of the XXI century technologies. During our work on the project, the Institute and its experts have shown themselves to advantage. Moreover, this work allowed TsAGI to expand its capabilities which sooner or later will be used for creating new domestic aircraft'.
Project SARISTU has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement № 284562.