Designing a wing is no longer about engineering the aerodynamics or structure in isolation, and a just-completed European research program has demonstrated how drag reduction, noise mitigation, structural health monitoring, weight saving and other aspects can be addressed in an integrated design. Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures (Saritsu) was a four-year, €51 million ($56.6 million) European Union-funded project that was completed at the end of August and involved 64 companies, ...

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