Recently, NLR has created two new videos and placed on her channel www.youtube.com/NLRmedia. The first video clip is about the design and development of a tilt-rotor aircraft in the NICETRIP project. The other video is about the wind tunnel model of the new KC-390 transport aircraft from the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer.
The NICETRIP project has seen NLR and other European aerospace laboratories teaming up with aircraft manufacturers to design and develop a tilt-rotor aircraft. With its tilting engines, the tilt-rotor aircraft combines the best features of a fixed-wing plane and a helicopter.
One aspect of NICETRIP (Novel Innovative Competitive Effective Tilt Rotor Integrated Project) is the development and testing of a scale model, to validate the so-called ERICA concept, which stands for Enhanced Rotorcraft Innovative Concept Achievement. NLR played a leading role in this part of the project.
The NICETRIP research wind tunnel model presented a more complicated challenge than any previous wind-tunnel model. This was largely due to the use of embedded sensors, remote-controlled systems and working rotors.
>>Watch the video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrKR2lJDq-Y
In 2010, NLR designed and made a large wind tunnel model for the KC-390 transport aircraft from the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The model was tested in DNW-LLF and has a span of about 5 meters. It is a very detailed model and many different model configurations can be tested. The level of detail and the very short lead time made this project a technical and organizational challenge.
The scale model, made of high-grade aluminum alloy, had to meet stringent accuracy requirements. This meant extensive checks has to be conducted with laser apparatus, among other things. The wind-tunnel tests focused mainly on the aerodynamic features of the aircraft during takeoff and landing.
>>Watch the videoclip here:Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j6sY4QsHOQ