Direct aviation emissions accounted for 3.8% of total CO² emissions and 13.9% of the emissions from transport in the EU in 2017, making it the second biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions after road transport.

In addition, although the noise emissions of each aircraft have decreased approximately by 75 % over the last 30 years, the growing amount of air traffic means that many EU citizens are still exposed to high noise levels.

The overall objective of the FALCON project is to develop a hybrid approach combining both cutting-edge numerical and experimental methods to analyse fluid-structure interaction, better predict and control the aircraft aerodynamic unsteady loads, thus improving the aeroelastic properties and sustainability of aerostructures and reducing the related aerodynamical noise.

To achieve this overall objective, four specific objectives will be pursued:


To capture the essential fluid-structure interaction phenomena occurring in realistic aeronautical conditions combining experiments and simulations through the establishment of a reference set of industrial test cases.


To simulate the aeroelasticity and related noise emissions occurring in realistic aeronautical conditions thanks to high-fidelity and high-performance Lattice Boltzmann Method frameworks.


To increase the use and access of high-scalable high-performance computing frameworks for industrial fluid-structure interaction applications, while obtaining cost-efficient and timely results.


To control the aeroacoustics and aeroelastic instabilities originating from fluid-structure interaction using multi-fidelity optimization.

This will ultimately contribute to upscale the current design capabilities of the European aircraft industry while enhancing the digital transformation of the European supply chain.
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