Aviation Technologies Center

The mission of the Aviation Technologies Center to provide R&D services to Polish and foreign companies to help them raise their competitiveness.

The ATC offers services to the following industries:

  • Aviation industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Railway industry
  • Energy industry
  • Construction industry
  • Space technologies industry
  • Shipbuilding industry
  • Defence industry
  • Rail industry

The offer of the Aviation Technologies Center includes:

In the scope of aerodynamics:

  • Wind tunnel studies testing the internal components of aircraft engines or their models under simulated takeoff and landing conditions and in elevated exhaust gas temperatures
  • Measurement of forces and moments
  • Measurement of pressure distributions
  • Flow visualisations
  • Tests involving the measurement of dynamic stability, aeroelastic model deformation and laminar flow parameters
  • Testing of fuselage models together with rotating rotor models
  • Pressure distribution measurement on the fuselage surface
  • Measurement of fuselage loading
  • Measurement of static and dynamic values of the essential parameters for rotor quality
  • Pressure and weight measurements of aircraft models in wind tunnel tests, measurement of their aerodynamic characteristics and pressure distributions for Mach number M = 0.2 to 2.3
  • Aerodynamic load measurements on airframe part models like the wings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers, control surfaces, external pods and stores, etc.
  • Hinge-moment measurements for tail units
  • Buffeting boundary determination and its intensity in a wide range of flow velocities
  • Airfoils aerodynamic characteristics
  • Aerodynamic design of aircraft, aircraft wings and profiles (also with a high lift coefficient)
  • Calibration of gages and pressure transducers
  • Unsteady pressure measurements with control and actuation mechanism for flap and profile oscillations
  • Balance tests and pressure distribution tests on aircraft, helicopter, rail vehicle and wheeled vehicle models and their elements
  • Optimization of flap geometry and their positioning
  • Hinge-moment optimization for ailerons and tail units
  • Flow visualisations using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), oil, tufts or UV-light illuminated mini-tufts
  • Smoke flow visualisations
  • Laminar profile wind tunnel testing with a turbulence level below 0.02% for an airflow speed up to 40 m/s
  • Testing helicopter rotor models (vortex ring)
  • Calibration of wind measurement instruments
  • Research on aerodynamic phenomena related to supersonic flow
  • Aerodynamic studies of wind turbines, which are the latest solutions in energy-generation technologies
  • Studies of power units and cooling towers
  • Studies of various means of land and air transport

In the area of computational fluid dynamics:

  • Design of parametrical models of objects for research and optimization (airfoil,
  • wing, inlet ducts for jet and turboprop engines, engine nozzles, etc.)
  • Airfoil design
  • Multicriterial and multidisciplinary design of aircraft and its elements
  • Aerodynamic design of ducts
  • Aerodynamic design of helicopter rotors
  • Design of propellers, rotors, wind turbines, etc.
  • Design of parametric models for non-aviation applications
  • Simulation of flow around an aircraft and parts of the airframe
  • Simulation of flow around a helicopter and parts of the airframe, and interference with surrounding objects
  • Unsteady flows in the shape shifting domain and around such geometries
  • Fully three-dimensional simulation of flow around the main rotor of a helicopter (in forward flight and in hover) based on the URANS (Unsteady Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes) solution
  • Fluid structure interaction for modelling of nonrigid blades of helicopter rotors including blade flapping
  • Flow simulation in ducts (e.g. air intake ducts in aircraft engines)
  • Spaceship re-entry atmosphere flow simulation
  • Aeroacoustic analyses
  • Flow in land and water based transport
  • Flow in civil engineering (buildings, stadiums, bridges)
  • Simulation of air movement in urban areas; safety issues in high altitude rescue actions
  • Flow and load analysis for constructions subject to aerodynamic and hydrodynamic forces (e.g. Strong gusts of wind)
  • Flow in turbines, fans, etc.
  • Multiphase flows
  • Supersonic and hypersonic flows including heat and radiation modelling
  • Phase changing and chemical reactions simulation
  • Performance and stability analysis

In the scope of the design capabilities:

  • Aircraft and helicopter wheel and skid landing gear
  • “Shimmy” and anti resonance dampers – single and double acting
  • shock absorbers
  • Test stands for ABS brake systems
  • Actuators and locks
  • Wheels and high energy brakes
  • UAV landing gear
  • Technology demonstrators
  • Electric brakes for UAVs

In the scope of the analyses:

  • Stiffness, strength and flexibility evaluation of subassemblies and complete landing gears
  • Optimization and integration of landing gear elements, braking systems, dampers, and control systems
  • Evaluation of design process, conformance with quality standards and research methodologies
  • Reliability and durability evaluation of landing gear elements using analytical and experimental methods
  • A review of the state of knowledge in the area of helicopter and landing gear technologies
  • Simulations

In the scope of transport systems:

  • Preparation of air transport related forecasts and development strategies
  • Qualitative and quantitative research of the passenger and air cargo markets
  • Software design and implementation, including artificial intelligence methods in optimization, management and modelling of transport systems
  • Modelling and design of passenger and air cargo systems
  • Design of air transport safety and security
  • Technological and economic aspects of design, planning and exploitation of aircraft
  • Organisation and management of the aircraft design process and its optimization
  • Air performance calculations
  • Strength calculations
  • Flight test programme design
  • Aircraft certification

The Aviation Technologies Center also offers the construction of technology demonstrators and prototypes.

Director of Aviation Technologies Center
Jerzy Żółtak, PhD DSc.
phone: (+ 48) 22 846 38 22
mail: jerzy.zoltak[at]ilot.lukasiewicz.gov.pl

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