What is DiPaRT?
The Airbus Flight Physics Distributed Partnership in R&T (DiPaRT) was created in 2010 by Airbus UK as a mechanism for communicating with, engaging and orchestrating the diverse UK Flight Physics R&T community. DiPaRT is creating a coherent, well-informed and motivated partnership that acts as a facilitator between Airbus and the UK Flight Physics community, encouraging them to engage in more effective ways and supporting the UK-centred capability in design and integration of wings, landing gear and associated systems.
The DiPaRT UK network of organisations and partners identify potential technologies and deliver research aligned with Airbus's R&T strategy. Working through key partners such as Airbus Group Innovations (AGI) and ARA – the 'Hub Leaders' – Airbus ensures the requisite time and effort is invested in fostering and operating DiPaRT. 'Hub Leaders' engage and coordinate between Airbus UK and the UK R&T community.
Engagement in DiPaRT provides transparency of Airbus UK's strategic aspirations in Flight Physics R&T to the UK R&T community, as well as giving the opportunity to shape and influence future directions. DiPaRT also provides a gateway for joining the Airbus R&T supply chain in the UK as well as a means to demonstrate the collaboration and impact value of research proposals, which are of growing importance to funding agencies.
Further to this, Airbus provides support to R&T activities at a number of levels ranging from letters of support through to project funding.
DiPaRT key objectives:
- Providing transparency of Airbus's strategic aspirations in Flight Physics R&T
- Shaping and influencing pathways from innovative ideas through to maturity
- Providing a gateway for joining the Airbus R&T supply chain in the UK
- Cogently demonstrate the collaboration and impact value of research proposals
DiPaRT consists of two primary Hubs – ‘Loads and Aeroelastics’ and ‘Aero-Technologies’ – both co-ordinated by AGI, with a sponsor within the Airbus Flight Physics Department. The Aero-Technologies Hub is a combination of three Technology ‘hublets’ – Flow Control (AGI); Simulation (Airbus) and Wind Tunnel (ARA).
ARA's involvement in the DiPaRT Aero Technologies Hub:
ARA has been closely involved in the development of the DiPaRT process since its inception and was invited to become a 'Hub Leader' for the Wind Tunnel Technologies aspect of the Aero Technologies Hub. ARA operates a large transonic wind tunnel which is of strategic importance to the UK aerospace industry and, as such, the company has a strong focus on research into wind tunnel testing and data measurement techniques, including the design and manufacture of wind tunnel models. Additionally, ARA has a long history of developing numerical simulation tools and applied aerodynamics, and has provided support to the Airbus Flight Physics team over many years.