Aircraft design and systems

Test rig of a Saab 2000 in Flumes lab.
Test rig of a Saab 2000 in Flumes lab. Thor Balkhed

The aircraft design research at Linköping University is in concept development, aircraft systems and so-called "sub-scale test flights". We strive to develop or improve the tools in design automation CAD, aerodynamic modeling, design optimization and systems simulation.

Collaborating with aerospace industry 

Based on a study of a Generic Future Aircraft (GFF) we are carrying out a project for the sub-scale test flights.  We have seen that the interest in sub-scale test flights has increased in recent years. This approach has helped to reduce the development time and identify risks involved in the development of the aircraft. The project is implemented in cooperation with Swedish industry and Universities in Brazil with the aim to generate experience in the method for use in the development of future aircraft.

Environmental aircrafts

There is a strong ambition to produce more environmentally friendly aircraft with greater efficiency and at lower cost. Another trend is the development of unmanned systems. This result in a completely new requirement profile for the aircraft, and often force the introduction of alternative technologies. It allows new configurations needs to be investigated.

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News about aircraft design

A road leading to a sunset. 2020 is written on the road with white paint, above it an arrow is pointing in the direction of the horizon.

New Horizon 2020 projects to LiU

Autonomous air-traffic control, white light-emitting diodes, electronic components that harvest energy, and research into how embryos can survive in a foreign uterus are new projects to receive funding in the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Varun Gopinath, researcher in robot safety at LiU.

Robots pose new demands on safety

Large industrial robots have thus far worked in isolation, in clearly defined areas without people nearby. A newly presented thesis at LiU, however, shows that such robots can very well work together with people – and how safety can be ensured.

Athanasios Papageorgiou, resarcher in Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO)

An integrated approach develops drones of the future

Design optimisation and a systems-based approach can improve the communication equipment, sensors and other components of unmanned aerial vehicles of the future. One result is more effective searches for missing people using drones.

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