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Key role for ARA in £17.4m DTI research project

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The Aircraft Research Association will be playing a key role in a major new research programme announced on February 12th by the DTI and project leaders Airbus…

The Aircraft Research Association will be playing a key role in a major new research programme announced on February 12th by the DTI and project leaders Airbus, aimed at achieving step-change advances in computer simulation of fluid flow and a transformation of design processes.

The CFMS Core Programme is a £17.4m collaborative research project, with combined funding from the DTI Technology Programme and the project partners. The fluid mechanics simulation project brings together leading players from the aerospace, motorsport and marine industries, along with critical technology suppliers such as ARA and strong input from academia. CFMS aims to increase the power of the design simulation process by up to a million times by 2012, with significant impact on design quality, design cycle time and environmental issues.

ARA will bring many aspects of its technology base in computational aerodynamics to the project. For example, its leading-edge expertise in mesh generation will be used to make significant developments in this critical part of the simulation process.

CFMS will deliver simulation tools which are capable of modelling more complex geometrical and fluid flow situations. A synergistic approach between computer simulation and experimental testing will be required in the future to validate these new tools, to evaluate new technologies and to provide rapid production of high-quality databases. ARA’s role in CFMS and its world class wind-tunnel facilities will make it central to this effort.

The CFMS project consortium is led by Airbus and includes the Aircraft Research Association, BAE Systems, BMT Fluid Mechanics Limited, Eurostep, Frazer-Nash Consultancy (representing DML Group), Hewlett-Packard, IT Innovation, MBDA, Microsoft, PCA Engineers, Quadrics, QinetiQ, Rolls-Royce, AgustaWestland, Williams F1 and University of Southampton.