Flight Mechanics, Flight Control and Aeroelasticity

Intelligent Wing Design and Verification (INTELWI-TUB)

Within the cooperative project INTELWI (Intelligent Wing Design and Verification), an "intelligent wing" for future commercial aircraft is being investigated, which reacts automatically to external influences such as manoeuvres and gusts with load reduction. Such an "intelligent" wing is a consequent next step in the development of future commercial aircraft. It should make a significant contribution to ensuring the future competitiveness of Airbus as an aircraft manufacturer. The project is based on several existing research results on the sensor, control and actuator technology for wings and brings them together in an overall design.

Objectives

In cooperation with its partners, the INTELWI-TUB project at the Technische Universität Berlin is helping to develop more powerful and efficient aircraft. To this end, an Automatic Continously Moving Slat/Flap System (ACMSFS) for an intelligent wing is being developed at the TU Berlin. The ACMSFS enables the aircraft to be operated at the current aerodynamic optimum point for landing approaches with speed specifications. The ACMSFS enables a reduction in fuel consumption, noise and pollutant emissions, and reduced approach time. The project thus contributes to realizing the Flightpath 2050 goals and enabling new approach procedures such as time-based separation by shortening approach times.

The developed ACMSFS is evaluated with all functions in flight simulator studies on the basis of criteria for flight performance, flight characteristics, economic efficiency and eco-efficiency. Operational use and pilot handling of the system are also relevant. The existing design and evaluation methods will be extended and refined during the studies, validated against current and future operational flight procedures, and optimized through pilot comments. This should enable rapid development and evaluation of new high-lift system variants in the future.

Project structure and tasks of the TU Berlin

The joint project is divided into three main work packages (HAP) which are coordinated by the joint project leader AIRBUS.

HAP1MBSE Simulation methods
HAP2Intelligent wing technology
HAP3Integration and use cases

The TU Berlin is working together with Airbus on HAP3. The task of the TU Berlin is the system development of the continuous flap drive function from the joint project Con.Move and combination with the automatic flap drive from the LuFo-IV project HIT/HiLiT for the development of the overall system ACMSFS. The TU Berlin is also responsible for implementing and testing the ACMSFS and evaluating it under realistic operational conditions with airline pilots in their familiar working environment.

Partners

  • Airbus Operations GmbH
  • Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
  • Diehl Aerospace GmbH
  • Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)
  • FFT Produktionssysteme GmbH Co.KG
  • Technische Universität Carolo Wilhelmina u Braunschweig (TUBS)
  • Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)
  • Universität Stuttgart
  • Technische Universität München
  • PACE Aerospace Engineering and Information Technology GmbH

Contact partner

Head of Chair

Prof. Dr.

Flavio Jose Silvestre

flavio.silvestre@tu-berlin.de

Administration Office

Funding

LuFo6-1 INTELWI-TUB Technische Universität Berlin

Project duration: 03/2020 – 05/2023