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

Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Institute of Helicopter Technology

Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Institute of Helicopter Technology

Further Information:

Organizational Activities

The Institute of Helicopter Technology is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen. In March, 2010 the Institute was founded to provide high–level education for master students in all fields of helicopter engineering, and to perform leading edge research work in  helicopter technology. Consequently, the education program covers the helicopter as a system. Typical lessons are flight physics, layout and sizing, on-board systems, and safety and certification of helicopters. Research work is performed on classical helicopter topics like rotor modelling of aerodynamic and/or dynamical phenomena, pilot assistance, simulation of transient manoeuvres, and certification issues for components, subsystems, or the complete helicopter.

Role in the Project

The Institute of Helicopter Technology with its background in certification delivers key contributions to the certifiability of module based electromechanical actuators, particularly composed from a wide spread supply chain. The anticipated savings of time and costs can only be achieved if the concept of a modular certification can be realized. A scientific approach is required to convince aviation authorities to accept this new way of certifying equipment. The development of  this "Modular Certification" approach under consideration of safety, certification aspects and feasibility is our primary goal.

Key Personnel