ACTUATION2015 simultaneously addresses the development and validation of standardised, modular and pooled EMA for all airframe systems. To achieve this ambitious objective, ACTUATION2015 gathers a critical mass of expertise in a wide range of skills (Component suppliers, Actuator suppliers, Actuation system supplier, A/C manufacturers, and Certification Authorities) and, especially for standardisation, the main stakeholders in the field.

The ACTUATION2015 Consortium has been drawn up in this spirit and the consortium gathers 54 partners. Goodrich Actuation Systems SAS, a UTC Aerospace  Systems Company is coordinating the project.

The consortium includes:

  • The main European players in actuator and component suppliers
  • The main European players of the Business, Regional and Commercial aircraft industry and the Helicopter industry
  • European Standardisation authorities (CEN)
  • R&T and test centres from all over Europe, with international reputation in aircraft equipment development (design, analysis, manufacturing, test), with past and recognized experience on many aircraft programs (A350, F7X, etc.) for the above key European players
  • Universities from several European countries, each of them internationally recognized for the quality of their scientific work, in the field of electric actuation standardisation. Several of them have long-term relationship with both aircraft manufacturers and equipment providers, which means a strong pre-existing confidence.
  • SMEs – ten SMEs work in ACTUATION2015 and cover a wide range of activities (software, manufacturing and assembly, R&T and test centres, R&T project support)


ACTUATION2015 consortium

EADS Deutschland GmbH

EADS Deutschland GmbH

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Organizational Activities

The German sites of transnational-organized EADS internal research and technology service provider Innovation Works are part of EADS Deutschland GmbH and located in Ottobrunn, Hamburg and Bremen. These sites have almost 300 employees with total annual revenue of about 40M€. EADS Innovation Works is structured by 7 TCCs (Technical Capability Centres) of which two are involved in this research project. The research group “Electrical Power and Actuation” within TCC6 “Energy and Propulsion”, a team of 14 engineers and scientists, has a fifteen years competence in the design & realization of innovative mechatronic actuation systems covering concept development, modelling and simulation supported design and implementation and validation of prototypes up to TRL6. The research group “Services, Maintenance & Logistics” within TCC7 “Innovative Concepts and Scenarios”, a team of 15 engineers and scientists, has a long background in Cost and Benefit analysis of new aircraft and system concepts. Within ACTUATION2015 EADS D will be involved directly as well as through its third parties Eurocopter Germany and EADS UK.

Role in the Project

EADS D as partner is especially involved in SP2, SP3 and SP6. EADS D leads WP2.1 "Mechanics and Materials", WP3.1 “Multi-Physics Modelling and Simulation Methodologies” and WP6.3 “Modularity Technology & Cost Assessments”. The focus in WP2.1 is on an evaluation of anti-jam devices in EMAs, in WP3.1 it is on the development of a standard for an EMA component models library, in WP6.3 it is on the development of metrics for the economic and technical assessment of the EMA approach. EADS D also contributes to WP3.2 "Model-based Design Tools". Through its third parties EADS IW is leading WP1.5 "Helicopter Electrical Actuation Requirements" with a focus on flight controls and is contributing to WP4.1 "Prognostics and Health and Usage Monitoring" with a focus on health monitoring by trending and prognostics.

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