The Center of New Technologies is one of five research centers of the Institute of Aviation. The Center carries out R&D projects in the area of aeronautics and space technologies, including theoretical works, design & analysis and lab research.
Scope of work:
- Aerodynamics (CFD and experimental analysis)
- Avionics and systems integration
- Design and strength analysis of metallic and composite structures (airplanes, helicopters, non-standard constructions and others)
- Rocket propulsion and space technologies
- Landing gears & energy absorption systems
- Aircraft propulsion including piston, turbo-shaft, & jet engines
- Composite technologies
- Vibration & flutter analysis
- Environmental research
Laboratory research is conducted in the complexes of labs certified by the Polish Center for Accreditation (PCA), furnished with the unique in Poland testing and measuring equipment.
Main CNT Labs
Applied aerodynamic laboratory
Aerodynamic laboratory/The Lab performs aerodynamic research for land and water based transport (automotive, water, railroad) and the building industry. In our aerodynamic tunnels, various types of wind resistance tests on stationary objects are carried out. We have access to five wind tunnels, including a trisonic wind tunnel and the largest in Poland (5 m test chamber) low-speed wind tunnel, all equipped with advanced instrumentation and calibration equipment.
T-3 Wind Tunnel
The T-3 Wind Tunnel is a closed-circuit, continuous-flow low speed tunnel with a 5 meter diameter open test section which was modernized in 2015.
Typical tests include measurements of forces and moments, surface pressure distribution, models flow visualisation of various aircraft, helicopters, buildings, ships, cars, trains and two-dimensional airfoils.
Tests involving dynamic stability, deformation of aeroelastically scaled model, earth surface and off-body flow measurements are also performed.
The T-3 wind tunnel is one of the few research facilities in the world which have an ability to investigate tests of internal flows with a simultaneous main flow around test models applied by using the Secondary Flow Installation.
The unique system allows to perform complex wind tunnel tests of various types of aircraft structure parts, engine parts, under simulated take-off or landing, taking into account also elevated temperature of the gas inlet.
Aircraft models with up to a 4m wing span, or half models of 4 m semi-span or bluff body (buildings) of 3 m high or 2,5 m2 cross section (perpendicular to flow direction) or rotor model up to 3 m diameter can be tested.
In the non-aeronautical tests a special flat plate is fixed to the test section. The flat plate boundary layer is manipulated to simulate the Earth’s surface wind’s mean velocity distribution and turbulence profile.
The T-3 Low Velocity Tunnel is a part of Aerodynamic Laboratory, certified by Polish Centre of Certification (Polskie Centrum Akredytacji, PCA Certificate no. 129).
Calibration and certification of aerodynamic scales, measurements of forces, moments, pressure distribution and flow visualization is in accordance with international standards.
Contractor has implemented an ISO 9001 quality system.
- Wind tunnel tests of aircraft models. Measuring aerodynamic characteristics of stability and manoeuvrability and pressure distributions.
- Secondary Flow tests such as: dry air tests of engine inlets, blocker door thrust reverser tests under simulated take-off or landing, etc.
- Aerodynamic load measurements on models of aircraft elements like the wing, horizontal and vertical tails, control surfaces, stores, etc.
- Hinge moment measurements on control surfaces.
- Flutter test of aircraft models – investigation of flutter characteristics, vibration frequency, critical speed, damping of vibration at subcritical speeds.
- Store trajectory tests including forced drop for cockpit fairing and underwing attachments.
- Buffeting tests.
- Flow visualisation (PIV 3D system, High Speed Camera, tufts, smoke, fluorescent minitufts UV).
- Helicopter model tests: fuselage or rotor isolated and complete helicopter with rotor up to 3 m.
- Car and car models aerodynamics (cars, lorries, buses and vans)
- Industrial aerodynamic wind tunnel tests (buildings, bridges, ships, trains), measurements of loads, pressure distribution (mean and fluctuation value) and flow visualisation. Aeroelastic stability and dynamic response of ground-based structures such as tall buildings, towers and bridges. Modifications to the aerodynamic shape of the structure can be optimised.
- Measurements of velocity and turbulence distribution in the boundary layer and in the wake.
T-1 Wind Tunnel
The T-1 Wind Tunnel is a closed-circuit, continuous-flow low speed tunnel with a 1,5 meter diameter open test chamber. Typical tests include measurements of forces and moments, surface pressure distribution, and flow visualization of models of various aircraft, buildings, ships, cars, trains and two-dimensional airfoils.
- Weight and pressure distribution tests on models of airplanes, helicopters, automotive and railway vehicles and their elements
- Optimization of flap and slat position
- Hinge-moment optimization for ailerons and tail units
- Tufts and minitufts with UV-light flow visualizations
- Smoke flow visualization
- Tensometric balance force measurements
- Design of experiment (DoE)
TMT Low Turbulence Wind Tunnel
The Low Turbulence Wind Tunnel (TMT) is an atmospheric, open-circuit tunnel with two linked rectangular test chambers.
- Laminar airfoils wind tunnel tests at turbulence level below 0,02% for velocities up to 40 m/s
- Calibration of wind measurement devices for meteorological purposes
- Smoke flow visualization
N-3 Trisonic Wind Tunnel
The N-3 Trisonic Wind Tunnel is in operation since 1965. The tunnel is a blow-down type with partial recirculation of the flow and can be operated in all three regimes, subsonic, transonic and supersonic. Mach number can be changed in range M=0,2-2,3.
The N-3 High Speed Wind Tunnel is a part of Aerodynamic Laboratory, certified by Polish Centre of Certification (Polskie Centrum Akredytacji, PCA Certificate no. 129). Calibration and certification of aerodynamic scales, measurements of forces, moments, pressure distribution and flow visualization is in accordance with international standards.
The scope of research activities of the N-3 tunnel
- Wind tunnel tests of aircraft models, the measurement of their aerodynamic characteristics and pressure distributions for Mach number M = 0,2 ÷ 2,3
- Aerodynamic load measurements on airframe part models (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
- Oil flow visualisation and Schlieren method of visualisation (coloured and b/w)
- Airfoils aerodynamic characteristics
- The aerodynamic design of aircraft wings, aifoils (also with a high lift coefficient), etc.
- Unsteady pressure measurements with control and actuation mechanism for independent flap and profile oscillations:
– airfoil oscillation frequency f = 0÷10 Hz (the accuracy of 0,1 Hz)
– flap oscillation frequency f = 0÷12 Hz (the accuracy of 0,1 Hz)
– the oscillation range of the angle of attack of the airfoil, up to Δα= ±10°
– the oscillation range of the angle of flap deflection, up to Δσ= ±15°
– the range of mean angle of attack of the airfoil during run 20°.
N-2 Supersonic Wind Tunnel
The N-2 Supersonic Wind Tunnel is a blow-down type with closed test chamber of 0,15 x 0,15 m. The velocity range: M=1,22 – 3,5. The tunnel is used for research on aerodynamic phenomena related to supersonic flow.
Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) and Flight Mechanics Group
The Computational Fluid Dynamic and Flight Mechanics Group is a leader among research centers in Poland in the area of design and CFD analysis. Our staff comprises highly-qualified engineers specializing in CFD as well as airframe design and optimization.
For research and development work, both commercial and in-house developed software is employed according to scope of work and its specification.
Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department
- tests and design of landing gears for both manned and unmanned aircrafts,
- tests and design of high energy brakes and Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS),
- tests and design of shock absorbers, energy absorption systems and mechanical vibration dampers,
- tests of energy absorption materials (high deformation speed)
- maintenance and management, regular and proof tests supervision, test programme preparation, functional tests and inspections
- design of test stands and specialized measurement systems,
- structural strength analysis,
- design, preparation and construction of demonstrators
Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department consists Landing Gear Laboratory which complies with ISO-PN-EN IS/IEC 17025:2005 requirements and is accredited by Polish Centre for Accreditation (certificate number AB 131)
Most of the Polish made airplanes and helicopters landing gears were designed in Aviation Components and Equipment Test Department (CNTB) and tested in Landing Gear Laboratory.
Aviation Structures and Design Department
Aviation Structures and Design Department specializes in designing the following: composite, metal aircraft structures and technological equipment to produce them. In addition, Aviation Structures and Design Department carries out a performance analysis, load analysis and modernization projects of currently used aircraft. An experienced design team allows the implementation of project work to go beyond the aviation industry and to suggest optimal solutions, taking into consideration specific client requirements.
The work carried out on the basis of the approval no AP 270 Design Organization approval (ADOA) issued by the European EASA and quality management systems ISO 9001: 2009, AQAP 2110: 2009, AQAP 9001: 2008
Aviation Structures and Design Department offer in the field of designing:
- metal structures,
- composite structures:
aviation structures of glass and carbon composites
- technological equipment:
moulds for the performance of composite structures,
- additional equipment currently used airplanes and helicopters
Aviation Structures and Design Department recently implements projects, such as:
- „Unmanned helicopter – robot for special tasks: ILX-27″,
- „ESPOSA – Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft”,
- „ Modern autogyro rotor”
Diplomas and awards for the “unmanned helicopter-robot for special task ILX-27”:
- International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO 2013 Kielce;
- AirFair Exhibition 2014’;
- The Balt Military Expo 2014.
Transport Systems Department
Transport Systems Department focus is on transport system research associated with aircraft design. Moreover, in the framework of our activity, we elaborate structure stress and aircraft performance analyses, cooperate in creating programs and manage aircraft certification process.
1. Participation in National and European Union funded projects:
- Applying for national and EU funding of projects;
- Project coordination and management;
- Participation in work, elaboration of reports;
- Project approval process.
2. Research and Development work in the field of Air Transport:
- Elaboration of air transport related forecasts and development strategies;
- Qualitative and quantitative research of passenger and air cargo market;
- Software design and implementation, including artificial intelligence methods in optimization, management and modelling of transport systems;
- Passenger and air cargo systems modelling and design;
- Air transport safety and security;
- Technological and economic aspects of design, planning and exploitation of aircraft.
3. Aircraft design:
- Organisation and management of aircraft design process and its optimisation;
- Aircraft performance calculations;
- Strength calculations;
- Elaboration of flight tests;
- Aircraft Certification.
- „European Personal Air Transportation System STUDY (EPATS)” – EU 6th Framework Programme project; Contract UE ASA6-CT-2006-044549 Specific Support Action (SAA), www.epats.eu, 2007-2008;
- „System Transportu Małymi Samolotami – analizy i opracowania modelu transportowego (STMS)” – Polish national funded project (NCBR), grant no N R10-0023-04/2008; 2008-2009;
- „Small Air Transport – Roadmap (SAT-rdmp)” – EU 7th Framework Programme project, Grant Agreement No ACSO-GA-2010-265603, www.epats.eu/SATRdmp/, 2011-2013;
- „Air Cargo Technology Road Map (CargoMap)” – EU 7th Framework Programme project, Grant Agreement No 284551 – CargoMap, www.cargomap.eu, 2011-2013;
- „Improvement of the air cargo transport sector by service oriented ICT-methods and processing logistic network, (Baltic.AirCargo.Net)” –Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 project, www.balticaircargo.net, 2010-2013;
- „Aviation Safety and Certification of new Operations and Systems (ASCOS)” – EU 7th Framework Programme project, Grant Agreement No 314299 – ASCOS, www.ascos-project.eu, 2012-2015;
- „Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft (ESPOSA)” – EU 7th Framework Programme project, Grant Agreement No 284859 – ESPOSA, www.esposa-project.eu, 2011-2015.
- I-23 “Manager” aircraft certification, in accordance with FAR-23, amendment 42.
Our clients are small, medium and large enterprises from Poland and abroad. We cooperate with academic and research centres in the EU. The Institute of Aviation is a member of Polish Academy of Sciences and, since 2007, the EREA Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics.
Our mission is to provide R&D services to Polish and foreign companies to help them raise the competitiveness of their products.
Director of Center of New Technologies
Jerzy Żółtak, PhD
tel.: +48 22 846 38 22