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GReener Aeronautics International Networking

Sponsor: European Comission. 7th Framework Programme


Initial date: Nov 2013 -- Final date: Nov 2015

Funding Scheme: Coordination and support actions (CSA)


European Partners:
CIMNE, AIRBUS, EUROCONTROL, Honeywell Aerospace, EADS-IW, Numeca International, DLR, NLR, INRIA, CERFACS, CIRA, Von Karman Institute, FOI, Leitat Technological Center, Airborne Technology Center, Sheffield University, Manchester University, Cranfield University, UPC-ICARUS,  Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Aachen University

Chinese Partners:
Chinese Aeronautical Establishment, First Aircraft Institute, AVIC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co. Ltd., Aircraft Strength Research Institute, Aeronautical Computational Technique Research Institute, AVIC Aerodynamics Research Institute, Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, China Gas Turbine Technology Research Institute, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Beihang University, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Zhejiang University, Xi'an Jiaotong University, HuaZhong university of Science and Technology, ChongQing University, Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Dalian institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science
Project Lider: CIMNE
ICARUS team: Xavier Prats
ICARUS Principal Investigator: Xavier Prats

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GRAIN has been an international networking project co-funded by the 7th Framework Program (FP07) and by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies Industry Corporation (MIIT). This project has been coordinated by CIMNE and several of the new GRAIN2 Consortium (have) and will participate(d) to both of them. This collaborative projects gathered experts on the two Europe (17) and China (13) sides to strengthen cooperation, exchanges and forums on the future trends in the five (5) Key Green Technologies (KGT). RTD interest, skills, and experiences of Chinese and European partners in the relevant green KGT areas of multi physics modeling, simulation and multidisciplinary design have been identified through a series of dissemination events including short course (at VKI), workshops and horizon forums including technical and strategic round tables. The main outcomes of the GRAIN Project have launched both the prospection of greener RTD areas activities and the identification of teams for future FP8 EU-China Coordinated calls.

The main objective of GRAIN2 is to focus its greening activities following the Flight Path 2050 Vision for Aircraft en route to the very ambitious challenge “Protecting the environment and the energy supply” in three major following lines: i) greening the air vehicle, ii) greening the Air transport System and iii) Reducing the carbon foot print of aviation via sustainable alternative fuels. To achieve carefully these objectives five Key Greener Technologies are considered. Four (4) KGTs are vertical areas:

  • KGT1: Propulsion related green technologies (including NOx reduction, contrails, mission modeling, alternative fuels, …)
  • KGT2: Airframe Flight Physics (including Drag reduction, noise reduction, HPC innovative architecture, numerical simulation, …)
  • KGT3: Environmental friendly materials and structures (including Smart structures and materials, bio-sourced materials, composite technologies, metal alloys, surface coatings, structural health monitoring, …)
  • KGT4: CNS (Communications Navigation and Surveillance)/ATM for greener air transport