SARISTU (Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures)

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SaristuEuropean CommissionSeventh Framework Programme

SARISTU addresses aircraft weight and operational cost reductions as well as an improvement in the flight profile specific aerodynamic performance.

SARISTU (Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures) is a level 2, large-scale integrating project which aims at achieving reductions in aircraft weight and operational costs, as well as an improvement in the flight profile specific aerodynamic performance. The project focuses on integration activities in three distinct technological areas: airfoil Conformal Morphing, self-sensing and multifunctional structures through the use of nanoreinforced resins. 
Coordinated by Airbus, the SARISTU Consortium brings together 64 partners from 16 countries. The total budget of the project is 51 M€, partially funded by the European Commission under FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1 (Grant Agreement number 284562).
Starting from September 2011, the project is expected to be completed by August 2015. Visit
FIDAMC is involved in the airfoil conformal morphing target, within the scenario AS03 in which a winglet with an active trailing edge (WATE) is developed. Winglets are intended to improve the aircraft’s efficiency aerodynamically but simultaneously they introduce significant loads to the outer wing structure. This scenario focuses on the development of a full scale demonstrator with the additional objective of a certifiable WATE design according to the EASA CS 25. Within this activity FIDAMC is the responsible for the design, sizing and manufacturing of the Activity Beam (rear spar of SARISTU winglet) as well as for the manufacturing of the movable tab, these are the active parts of the winglet. Partners involved in the winglet scenario are: FIDAMC, FACC, EADS INNOVATION WORKS (FORMER AIRBUS GROUP INNOVATIONS), FRAUNHOFFER, VZLU, NLR, ONERA, ALENIA and ALTRAN. The winglet has been successfully assembled in the wing for being tested in wind tunnel at TsAGI partner facilities.


European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 284562.