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Key Action:Innovation Action: Development up to flight test of NGCTR-TD composite wing
Project coordinatorLuigi Di Palma, CIRA ScpA
Contact persons name:Luigi Di Palma

Marika Belardo
Contact persons phone:+39 0823 623590

+39 0823 623560
Contact persons email:
Project's Partners CIRA ScpA, the Italian Aerospace Research Center (Coordinator),

Magnaghi Aeronautica SpA,


OMI Srl,

IBK Innovation,

SSM Srl,

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II,
Project's website:
Benefits:The project will contribute to the first all-European civil tiltrotor, by filling the societal need to enhance mobility options within Europe. European competitiveness will benefit from the developments and innovation of the project.
Keywords: Tiltrotor, composites, aeroelastic tailored design
Duration:2018 – 2023
Budget:26 M€ (EU contribution 70-100%)
Contract number:Grant Agreement number: 945542 — GAM-2020-FRC — H2020-IBA-CS2-GAMS-2019/H2020-IBA-CS2-GAMS-2019. Amendment Reference No AMD-945542-5

T-WING consortium is working on the composite wing of the Next Generation Civil TiltRotor - Technology Demonstrator, planned to be flying in 2023. The task undertaken by the consortium is aimed at designing, manufacturing, qualifying and flight-testing the wing and moveable surfaces of the NGCTR-TD. The logics behind the development of wing and moveable surfaces foresees a design phase based on the requirements driven by airworthiness and defined in cooperation with the Work Area Leader (WAL) Leonardo Helicopters (LHD). One of the main requirements is the aeroelastic stability of the vehicle, which translates in a challenging design of the wing, which has to be sufficiently stiff to comply with flutter and whirl flutter clearance, but not in excess with respect to the weight budget. Once the design phase is completed, the wing will be manufactured, qualified and assembled on the NGCTR-TD fuselage. The last step of the development is the instrumentation of the wing, by the use of accelerometers and strain gauges, and the flight test campaign, which will lead, among others, to the validation of the flight loads. T-WING will also deliver the qualified Nacelle Primary Structure, which hosts engine and transmission. Among the different activities in charge of the consortium: crashworthiness, noise prediction methods, wind tunnel tests, life cycle assessment of the innovative structural concept and scalability studies, to push the development at larger scales.







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