VKI is part of the EU Chopin Project

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Focused on reducing fuel consumption, the aircraft industry is looking for solutions against insect contamination to keep the high efficiency of laminar boundary layers as drag reduction technology. Convinced that efficient and durable anti-adhesion surface treatment is the solution, the EU Cleansky CHOPIN project has been launched to tackle the problem of aircraft fuel consumption due to insect contamination.



Technologies involved

Development of highly durable omniphobic coatings which can be applied to micro-perforated surfaces typically used for drag reduction. The insect contamination and cleaning behaviour of the best coatings will be demonstrated during simulation testing and under realistic conditions. Tests under real conditions with drones to evaluate the insect impact and contamination behaviour of typical A/C leading edges under realistic A/C environment during take-off, landing and flight.

Project info

Project start date: March 1st 2018
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: EUR 1 529 893,75
EU grant: EUR 1 499 268,75
Coordination: Materia Nova
Topic Management: Airbus
Partners: Cidetec, Norut, VKI, Berthier

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement no. 785484


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