The knowledge centre hosts a variety of tools and information compiled by Airbus and industry experts to offer guidance and further insight.
Fly Your Ideas participants will have a unique opportunity to use some of these resources free of charge for a month, thanks to their participation in the competition.
Aircraft currently under development or in production profiles
Engineering design data, methods and software for the A&D industry
Expert knowledge to make informed product development decisions
Useful websites and sources of information.
IHS Jane's All the World's Aircraft: Development & Production profiles help government, military and business professionals to:
- Identify & compare development & production aircraft
- Evaluate competitors, potential business
partners & acquisition targets
- Analyse future air platform
sales & product development opportunities
- Recognise trends and developments in the
global aerospace market
- Assess emerging technologies & accurately model future air threat scenarios
Profiles of more than 1,400 civil and military aircraft in development or production globally, technical and programme information, as well as photographs, three-view and diagrams.
- Aircraft type, versions and variants & design features
- Program history and milestones
- Development, production and procurement costs
Visit IHS Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft: Development & Production below.
With over 70 years of engineering knowledge and best practices validated by subject matter experts from industry, government and academia, IHS ESDU can help you solve complex problems. IHS ESDU enables engineers to:
- Develop better products and solutions and
reduce lead times and costs.
- Explore design alternatives and test
hypotheses early in the process.
- Interpret results in practical engineering
- Mitigate potential risks/problems with
- Ensure compliance to industry standards, specifications and requirements.
IHSE ESDU provides design guidance on more than 1500 topics spanning areas such as:
- Aircraft Noise
- Heat Transfer
- And many more...
To access content, please visit the IHS ERC Page
How to access ESDU content:
- Log on to https://login.ihserc.com/login/erc with your access credentials. You will be
asked to register and create an account the first time you enter.
- Choose “IHS Standards Expert” under the
note “Select a Service from your current subscription:”
- Inside Standards Expert, enter ESDU and any
other words in the “Keyword(s) or Text:” box under Search. For example, “ESDU
drag”. Pressing the Enter key will yield ESDU document results for the search.
Including ESDU as a keyword helps restrict document search to ESDU items of
interest. One can choose to search for the presence of the keyword in the
titles, abstracts or the full document text.
- More information on ESDU content is
available at www.ihsesdu.com . This site provides additional
information, navigation and search tools to locate documents of interest. These
documents (via their document numbers or keywords) can then be accessed via IHS
Standards Expert (as mentioned above).
- Questions or difficulties related to
account access can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for software programs linked to
any data items can also be sent to customer support.
IHS Goldfire enables you to work faster and smarter by informing decision-making across the product lifecycle. Through its integrated world-class semantic technology, collaboration and concept generation capabilities and rich technical content, IHS Goldfire enables innovation and knowledge workers to arrive at optimal decisions, empowering them to deliver market-leading, competitively differentiated products in less time and at less cost.
IHS Goldfire will
help you to:
- Generate innovative concepts for
- Identify new markets and envision
- Get on-demand competitive and technology
trends and analysis
- Connect to relevant internal and external
- Identify and connect to experts inside and
outside the organization
- Collaborate to accelerate problem solving
and idea generation.
Visit our website and find out more about IHS Goldfire
On this page you will find a variety of useful links provided by the Airbus mentors, experts and assessors.
Note: These links have been provided to offer some help and support to participants. However, Airbus has no commercial relationship with these 3rd party websites and as such, takes no responsibility for the content or information provided by them.
Below you will find the name of the website, the link and a short description about the content:
- Princeton University News
- Energy Harvesting rubber sheets - News Article
- Aerospace Research Central (AIAA)
- Provider of information on aerospace technology, engineering and science.
- Wing Protuberances Thesis:
- Numerical analysis of effects of leading-edge protuberances on aircraft wing performance
- Airbus: Understanding Takeoff Speeds
- Flight operations briefing notes on Takeoff speed
- Aeronautical research programme Europe
- AERADE - Cranfield University
- AERADE provides access to key aerospace and defence information sources created worldwide
- European Aeronautics Science Network
- Information around various aeronautical research topics - including Flight Physics, Aerostructures, Propulsion, Flight Mechanics, ATM, as well as innovation
- NASA Scientific & Technical Information
- Technical reports from NASA's research and development published results
- NATO Science & Technology Organization
- A large resource of scientific publications including topics on manufacturing, aircraft design, technical specifications among others
- European Aviation Safety Agency
- EASA is the EU's strategy for aviation safety, the website has lots of information and a whole section on Aviation's environmental challenges.
- Aviation Safety Network
- Up-to-date information on airliner accidents and safety issues from the Flight Safety Foundation
- Global Market Forecasts
- Information from Airbus & Boeing on the long term forecast for air traffic volume and airplane demand
- Mind Tools
- A useful link and video about brainstorming and creative solutions to a problem
- Deliberative discourse and how to argue productively
- EU Climate Action
- Information on reduction emissions from the Aviation sector
- Journal of Air Transport Management
- Article on the impact of the EU emission trading scheme
- EU Trading Scheme
- Article about the EU emission trading scheme
- International Civil Aviation Organisation
- Online carbon emissions calculator
- Airbus Flight Operations Support & Line Assistance publication
- Free e-book for Airbus aircraft operators on the AWO regulations
Fuel Consumption & CO2 emission trends
- Aviation represents 2% of emissions, 10% of fuel use
- Fuel represents around 30% of operating costs for Airlines
- Aviation traffic will double in the coming 15 years
- Aviation traffic will be for more than 2 billion people
- Over 40M Tonnes of cargo will be transported every year
- Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will more than double within the next 25 years
- Product improvement
- Economic measures
- Alternative Fuels
- Air Traffic Management
- Be positioned as a major actor for sustainable aviation (Emissions reductions and migration to alternative energies).
- Locally support our customers all around the world by offering efficient and sustainable solutions for their operations
- Act as a catalyst for pushing the commercialization of sustainable Alternative Fuels for the long - term
- Provide a global and concrete support to the aviation industry
- Be an Eco Efficient company
From Demonstration to regular use of Alternative Fuels:
Airbus Alternative Fuels:
- Strongly monitor the implementation of the existing projects
- Identify gaps and increase expertise based on real and concrete projects
- Transform from demonstration and trials to industrial context - for large scale use of alternative fuels for the long term
- Assess at each stage of the Value chain sustainability and manage corrective actions
Referencing is a method used to demonstrate to your readers that you have conducted a thorough and appropriate literature search. There are many styles of referencing but as some general tips:
- The list should be in alphabetical author/editor
- Books, paper or electronic journal articles are written in a particular format that must be followed
- Your reference list should contain all the items you have cited or directly quoted from
- When you have used more than one piece of work by the same author, in your reference list you should list the works in date order, beginning with the most recently published work.
To find out more about specific referencing styles see links below or check with your own university:
- The Harvard style of referencing
- Coming soon....
Here you will find a variety of documents provided by the Airbus mentors, experts and assessors.
Note: These documents have been provided to offer some help and support to participants. However, Airbus has no commercial relationship with the 3rd party sources and as such, takes no responsibility for the content or information provided by them.
State of Innovation
Aircraft Noise Documents:
Energy Harvesting Document:
Emissions & Greenhouse Factors
Q: Tell me about durable, low cost & high temperature bearing composites?
A: High temp resins tend to be expensive, consider separation of heat sources within the design as an alternative.
Q: Have you ever imagined how to bring a traditional touch inside your masterpiece?
A: 100 years ago aircraft made of natural composite (wood), now we engineer a higher performance composite material
Q: Why is wing-twist, which you are adding more of to A380, beneficial to fuel economy?
A: It is important on swept wings as you load the wings you get natural twist, so on bigger wings ground to flight twist is more. It is a carefully tuned design variable. For the wing to take up the best shape in flight.
Q: Which parts of an aircraft may be fabricated using Carbon fiber reinforced polymer?
A: Typical composite A350 parts include wing covers, spars, HTP, VTP and fuselage frames and shells.
Q: Is Carbon-fiber really the material of future? Please tell us about the economical aspects using C-fiber, a decade from now.
A: cost weight trade off on all parts when considering composites to decide the best material
Q: What are the major strength criteria that you look for if a new composite material is proposed.
A: Damage tolerance, high strength to weight ratio, filled hole compression are major drivers
Q: Is it ok to validate a new proposal of composite using simulation alone for basic load cases(tensile,bending,etc)?
A: We always match simulation with physical test performance.
Q: What are the problems for the composite structure of aircraft cabin due to increase in the interior humidity levels?
A: Epoxy resins are naturally hydroscopic, they soak up water. We account for this with hot/wet design values.
Q: Why can't we simply use a hydrophobic coating like Teflon on the cabin walls and increase the moisture within?
A: No need. The structures are designed using hot/wet design values. The Teflon would add weight.
Q: For the winglet project what wing dimension should we take?
A: Winglets should be custom designed to suit specific wing geometry. Pick your wing, then go for it!
Q: I am in round 2 doing project on winglets..is it necessary to go for fabrication or would a CFD analysis be good?
A: For your project I recommend to do your aerodynamics analysis first then structure design afterwards.
Q: What progress is being made into making proper, full life cycle composite aircraft material?
A: Life cycle analysis is always included in our composite research. Have a look here for more information.
Q: What material would you recommend for a sustainable airship and why?
A: Whatever is light enough, strong and safe enough, and makes economic sense! Innovate!
Q: How do you analyze the effect of conductive paint (on some plies) on strength of a composite. It is in contact with epoxy.
A: Simulation and physical test along with an excellent understanding of the core physics.
Q: The next-gen (2025-2050) of planes will be 100% petrol, hybrid or 100% ecologic?
A: Have a look on our alternative fuels page to get a better idea about this. http://www.airbus.com/innovation/eco-efficiency/operations/alternative-fuels/
Q: How does Airbus promote innovation within its own organisation?
A: Innovation is promoted from the top and everyone is encouraged and empowered to innovate. Find out more.
Q: Is BTV a standard feature on all future Airbus aircraft? Including the A350 and A320NEO?
A: You can read more about BTV here. Find out more about BTV
Q: Ian, what's the most critical process in composites? and what can do lean manufacturing in this field?
A: Our whole composite manufacturing process is critical. For lean try to focus on pre and post cure logistics
Q: What impact will the ever rising cost of fuel have on future designs of aircraft in the next 20-30 years and could you provide the link to the concept plane section of the website?
A: Find out more information about the concept plane and the Future by Airbus here http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/concept-planes/
Q: Can you nullify the turbulent flow with Air blow system?
A: Generally it is not possible to nullify turbulent flow with air injection but it is possible to delay flow seperation or divert a turbulent stream to a new direction.
Q: How much stake do Airbus have in reaching the carbon emissions and fuel reduction goals outlined by IATA?
A: Have a look at Airbus' Aviation Environmental Roadmap here
Q: What makes sharklets more efficient than other standard wings?
A: SharkletsTM provide a level of lift and drag that represents a wing of increased span and so is beneficial where limits are placed on span for operational reasons.
Q: Is there any feasible ways of detecting vortices position relative to the plane?
A: There are a number of alternatives that include seeding of the vortex for direct visualisation or non-invasive measurement using laser technology.
Q: What is your opinion on the use of Fuel Cells onboard?
A: Here is some information on our web site about fuel cells: http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/fuel-sources-of-tomorrow/fuel-cells/