To exploit technologies inspired by biological systems optimized by evolution to tackle noise and mechanical control challenges in large scale fluid systems through integration of owl-inspired finlet technology and morphing fluidic flexible matrix composite (F2MC) control surfaces. Combining these and other technologies is expected to create disproportionate benefits in both the fields of aeroacoustic and flow control. For example, flaps are one of the principal noise sources of landing aircraft and also a key control effector for the aircraft. Using finlets in-conjunction with F2MCs would not only allow more efficient and quieter aircraft designs, but the noise reduction enabled by the finlets would allow for greater control authority to be exploited by the F2MCs while remaining within environmental limits.
Denmark Technical University (DTU), GE, Siemens, Vestas, Airbus