Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A

Schimatári, Greece

Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A

Schimatári, Greece
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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-11-2014 | Award Amount: 8.32M | Year: 2015

The purpose of the RAWFIE initiative is to create a federation of different network testbeds that will work together to make their resources available under a common framework. Specifically, it aims at delivering a unique, mixed experimentation environment across the space and technology dimensions. RAWFIE will integrate numerous testbeds for experimenting in vehicular (road), aerial and maritime environments. A Vehicular Testbed (VT) will deal with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) while an Aerial Testbed (AT) and a Maritime Testbed (MT) will deal with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) respectively. The RAWFIE consortium includes all the possible actors of this highly challenging experimentation domain, from technology creators to integrators and facility owners. The basic idea behind the RAWFIE effort is the automated, remote operation of a large number of robotic devices (UGVs, UAVs, USVs) for the purpose of assessing the performance of different technologies in the networking, sensing and mobile/autonomic application domains. RAWFIE will feature a significant number of UxV nodes for exposing to the experimenter a vast test infrastructure. All these items will be managed by a central controlling entity which will be programmed per case and fully overview/drive the operation of the respective mechanisms (e.g., auto-pilots, remote controlled ground vehicles). Internet connectivity will be extended to the mobile units to enable the remote programming (over-the-air), control and data collection. Support software for experiment management, data collection and post-analysis will be virtualized to enable experimentation from everywhere in the world. The vision of Experimentation-as-a-Service (EaaS) will be promoted through RAWFIE. The IoT paradigm will be fully adopted and further refined for support of highly dynamic node architectures.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: AAT.2012.3.5-2. | Award Amount: 30.50M | Year: 2013

Outstanding safety level of air transport is partly due to the two pilots standard. However situations where difficult flight conditions, system failures or cockpit crew incapacitation lead to peak workload conditions.The amount of information and actions to process may then exceed the crew capacity. Systems alleviating crew workload would improve safety. ACROSS Advanced Cockpit for Reduction of StreSs and workload - will develop new applications and HMI in a cockpit concept for all crew duties from gate to gate. Human factors, safety and certification will drive this approach. The new system will balance the crew capacity and the demand on crew resource. ACROSS workload gains will be assessed by pilots and experts. A Crew Monitoring environment will monitor physiological and behavioural parameters to assess workload and stress levels of pilots. A new indicator will consolidate flight situation and aircraft status into an indicator of the need for crew resource. If this need becomes higher than available crew resource, cockpit applications and systems will adapt to the new situation : a) Decision support: cockpit interfaces will adapt to focus crew on needed actions, b) Prioritisation: non-critical applications/information will be muted in favor of critical elements, c) Progressive automation: crew actions not directly relevant with the situation will be automated, d) Decision sharing: in case of persistent crisis situation, an automatic information link with the ground will be established to further assist the crew. In extreme situation where both pilots are incapacitated, further steps will be: a) Full automation: measures to maintain the aircraft on a safe trajectory, then reroute to nearest airport and autoland. b) Decision handling: mechanisms allowing ground crew to remotely fly the aircraft. ACROSS groups a large team of key European stakeholders. They are committed to deliver innovation in the field of air transport safety.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: AAT.2011.4.4-3. | Award Amount: 50.74M | Year: 2011

The project proposal concerns the challenges posed by the physical integration of smart intelligent structural concepts. It addresses aircraft weight and operational cost reductions as well as an improvement in the flight profile specific aerodynamic performance. This concerns material concepts enabling a conformal, controlled distortion of aerodynamically important surfaces, material concepts enabling an active or passive status assessment of specific airframe areas with respect to shape and potential damages and material concepts enabling further functionalities which to date have been unrealizable. Past research has shown the economic feasibility and system maturity of aerodynamic morphing. However, few projects concerned themselves with the challenges arising from the structural integration on commercial aircraft. In particular the skin material and its bonding to the substructure is challenging. It is the aim of this project proposal to demonstrate the structural realizability of individual morphing concepts concerning the leading edge, the trailing edge and the winglet on a full-size external wing by aerodynamic and structural testing. Operational requirements on morphing surfaces necessitate the implementation of an independent, integrated shape sensing system to ensure not only an optimal control of the aerodynamic surface but also failure tolerance and robustness. Developments made for structural health monitoring will be adapted to this task. Similar systems optimized for rapid in-service damage assessment have progressed to a maturity which allows their inclusion in the next generation of aircraft. However, the time consuming application of these sensor systems has to be further improved by integration at the component manufacturing level. The additional benefit of a utilization of these adapted systems for part manufacture process and quality control shall be assessed in SARISTU. Addressing the Nanotechnology aspect of the call, benefits regarding significant damage tolerance and electrical conductivity improvements shall be realized at sub-assembly level.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-ARTEMIS | Phase: SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2008-1 | Award Amount: 58.30M | Year: 2009

The embedded safety-critical systems design and development industry is facing increasing complexity and variety of systems and devices, coupled with increasing regulatory constraints while costs, performances and time to market are constantly challenged. This has led to a profusion of enablers (new processes, methods and tools), which are neither integrated nor interoperable because they have been developed more or less independently, addressing only a part of the complexity issue, such as safety. The absence of internationally recognized open standards is a limiting factor in terms of industrial performance when com-panies have to select among these enablers. CESAR will bring significant and conclusive innovations in the two most improvable systems engineering disciplines: - Requirements engineering in particular through formalization of multi viewpoint and multi criteria requirements, - Component based engineering applied to design space exploration comprising multi-view/multi-criteria architecture trade-offs. In addition CESAR intends to provide industrial companies with a breakthrough in system development by deploying a customizable systems engineering Reference Technology Plat-form (RTP) making it possible to integrate or interoperate existing or emerging available technologies. This will be a significant step forward in terms of industrial performance im-provement that will help to establish de-facto standards and contribute to the standardization effort from a European perspective. Relying on industrial use-cases and scenarios, CESAR is strongly industry driven. It will ad-dress societal safety, mobility and environmental demands from a multi-domain point of view, relying on high maturity inputs (TRL 4) and target high maturity outputs (TRL 6). Quantified objectives are defined in the proposal regarding integration aspects (RTP), processes and product- related aspects.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SEC-2011.1.4-2 | Award Amount: 4.28M | Year: 2012

SAVELEC aims to provide a solution for the external, safe control of a non cooperative vehicle without any consequences on the persons inside the vehicle or other persons and objects nearby. The proposed solution is based on the use of electromagnetic means, electromagnetic pulses (EMP) and high power microwaves (HPM), in order to disrupt the proper behaviour of the electronic components inside the vehicle, which will lead it to slow down and stop. The SAVELEC approach is based on the premise of obtaining an optimized solution in terms of field strength. In this sense, electromagnetic compatibility experiments on key components of cars will be performed in order to evaluate the effect of different types of signals. The consequences of human exposure to the signals chosen will be evaluated in the context of European legislation in order to ensure safety of persons inside the vehicle and in the environment as well as of the user of the technology. The effect in explosive atmospheres regarding exposure to this kind of signal is also within the scope of SAVELEC. A simulated environment will be used for assessing the human driver reactions in different scenarios and driving conditions once the car enters the abnormal behaviour mode as a consequence of the influence of the electromagnetic signal. Legal studies on the use of this technology by the European Security Forces will be carried out and a regulatory framework will be proposed and promoted. Special attention will be paid to the measures needed for assuring a controlled and secure use of this kind of device. The purpose of the project is to design and build a breadboard level prototype for the evaluation of the technology. A real demonstration on cars passing along a controlled track will be performed to assess the technology in a real scenario. The involvement of security forces as end-users in the project is a key factor as regards the necessity of having realistic information about the use-cases, and scenarios.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: AAT.2013.4-2. | Award Amount: 3.47M | Year: 2013

Due to strong competitiveness and considerable increasing of techno-logical demand in terms of performance and reliability of constituting components, aircraft manufacturers are constantly urged to invest in innovative design technologies so as to reduce aircraft development costs and delivery time. Moreover, manufacturing restrictive quality constraints and the limits imposed to industrial budget require aircraft design to be cheaper and more effective at the same time. To this end, to reduce the aerodynamic design process as well as satisfy the ever-growing demand of the aeronautical optimisation, a significant enhancement of the CFD prediction capability is required. Moreover, to face with the requirements of top-level aeronautical design, the geometries optimiser is requested to fulfil process integration, multi-objective and multi-disciplinary strategy, mesh-independent solution, parallelism, large models and arbitrary mesh element type management. The RBF4AERO project is properly conceived to tackle all the above-indicated aspects by making the CFD model parametric through an innovative shape optimisation tool based on a high-performance meshless morphing technique. This technique is founded on Radial Basis Functions (RBF) theoretical approach which offers a number of distinct advantages over the more traditional optimisation approaches. This new optimisation methodology will guarantee very fast and highly detailed CFD optimisation analyses such to significantly reduce costs of optimisation of aircraft aerodynamics without losing accuracy or domain extent.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-3 | Award Amount: 5.97M | Year: 2013

Environmental wellbeing backed by increasingly severe legislation dictates that pollution and energy consumption by automobiles must be reduced significantly. The outcomes of this project will enable both these imperatives to be achieved simultaneously. The project aim is to establish production lines in Europe that manufacture components for lightweight complex-shaped automobile body structures that are significantly lighter and of comparable strength and stiffness to those currently available. This will be achieved by exploiting a new patented thermo-mechanical processing technology (HFQ) for sheet aluminium alloy that enables, for the first time, parts in heat treatable alloys to be produced to net-shape with maximum attainable mechanical properties. The life-cycle energy consumption of automobiles will be reduced; in the production stage, by the low energy requirements of HFQ, which is enhanced by the potential use of low cost recycled raw material and in the driving stage, by the reduced fuel consumption associated with lightweight vehicles. Reduced pollution is a natural corollary of low energy consumption. Exploitation of this groundbreaking technology will be achieved through refinement of its laboratory scale development by university, research institution and manufacturing SME collaboration, leading to production lines being established in Tier 1 companies. Two such lines are anticipated as an outcome of the project. In 8 year period, over 30 production lines will be established in Europe and over 1000 jobs could be created. It is expected that new Al-alloy body and chassis structures will be produced in a mass-production scale, with weight saving of over 40% for the Classes C&D and above segment vehicles (which are currently made of steel). Thus, 60% of cars could be made with Al-body and chassis structures, and the resultant fuel saving in car usage would be up to 23% on average.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-ARTEMIS | Phase: SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2010-6 | Award Amount: 12.83M | Year: 2011

The nSHIELD project is, at the same time, a complement and an improvement of pSHIELD, a pilot project funded in ARTEMIS Call 2009 as the first investigation to build the SHIELD Architectural Framework for SPD. The roadmap proposed in this pilot project aims at addressing Security, Privacy and Dependability (SPD) in the context of Embedded Systems (ESs) as built in rather than as add-on functionalities, proposing and perceiving with this strategy the first step toward SPD certification for future ES. Within this scope, the role of nSHIELD will be to realize, demonstrate and validate this roadmap. The leading concept is to demonstrate composability of SPD technologies. Starting from current SPD solutions in ESs, the project will develop new technologies and consolidate the ones already explored in pSHIELD in a solid basement that will become the reference milestone for a new generation of SPD-ready ESs. SHIELD will approach SPD at 4 different levels: node, network, middleware and overlay. For each level, the state of the art in SPD of single technologies and solutions will be improved and integrated (hardware and communication technologies, cryptography, middleware, smart SPD applications, etc.). The SPD technologies will be enhanced with the composable functionality that are being studied and designed in pSHIELD, in order to fit in the SHIELD architectural framework. To achieve these challenging goals the project aims to create an innovative, modular, composable, expandable and high-dependable architectural framework, concrete tools and common SPD metrics capable of improving the overall SPD level in any specific application domain, with minimum engineering effort. The whole ESs lifecycle will be supported to provide the highest cross-layer and cross-domain levels of SPD and guaranteeing their maintenance and evolution in time In order to verify these important achievements, the project will validate the SHIELD integrated system by means of fourt scenarios


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP-2010-3.1-1 | Award Amount: 4.28M | Year: 2011

Light weight component and solutions are increasingly important for a more sustainable world, and aluminium wrought alloys have large potentials for dramatic weight reduction of structural parts. The production of virgin aluminium is, however, highly energy consuming and a higher degree of recycling of aluminium is needed to achieve sustainable industry models for aluminium based components and products. The SuPLight project will address new industrial models for sustainable light weight solutions with 75% recycling in high-end structural components based on wrought alloys. Advanced optimisation algorithms will be used for product and process optimisation with up to 50% increased weight/performance ratio. The project will bridge from atomic scale to continuum FEM simulations as well as tolerance simulations. Novel business models with a holistic life cycle view and higher reactivity to customer contribute to a better impact from the new methods and technology developed in the project. SuPLight will be a multidisciplinary research project, combining physics at the atomic scale level, metallurgy, continuum mechanics, structural mechanics, optimization algorithms, tolerance analysis, life cycle analysis, manufacturing and business modelling. This multidisciplinary is a large challenge but also the key to the real step-change from the project. SuPLight goes beyond prior knowledge on how to reduce weight in structural parts and improve the holistic eco-design of aluminium wrought alloys and to build novel sustainable industry models with a holistic life cycle approach. The project aims to develop new theories, methods and concepts that will be thoroughly tested and demonstrated through the project period. The results will be transformed into new business models, showing how these new approaches can be enabled for other industries as well. Industrial exploitation of the results and to create impact for the European society will be in focus throughout the project


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.48M | Year: 2013

There is a huge industrial and innovative need for more efficient and reliable damage inspection as well as for reducing the time and cost for aircraft infrastructure maintenance and especially C and D Checks without compromising the safety of passengers and goods transported. This reduction would increase the value for money for the European aerospace industries. Moreover, airline companies will be able to reduce their tickets prices and make air travel more affordable to European citizens. Last but not least, this reduction can potentially release new investments and funds to explore aircraft innovative designs and technologies. For these reasons, there is an urgent need for improving structural maintenance efficiency that will ensure not only the safe air transport of European citizens, goods and military operations but will also promote the sustainable growth of the fastest mean of transport in a tough economic era. The TRACE-IT project is focused upon the development of an innovative inspection system, with automated and manual capabilities, for any type of composite aircraft structures. The structural integrity system is comprised by two parts: a qualified PA method attached to a mobile manipulating system, and a DT (Damage Tolerance) assessment technique processed on a computer. The results from the PA technique will be used as inputs to perform a DT numerical analysis for the inspected component. Eventually, the results from the PA technique as well as the results from the DT analysis will be available, to the inspector, in a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI). Consequently, an average skilled inspector will be able to take more appropriate and cost efficient maintenance actions (e.g. component repair or complete substitution) than todays inspection procedures.

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