NITROS Project

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The NITROS (Network for Innovative Training on ROtorcraft Safety) project[1][2] is an ongoing project which began in November, 2016 consisting of 12 different Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). It is funded through the European Union's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) research grant which is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) to support European Joint Doctorates (EJD).[3] The collective aim of this specific MSCA scheme is for fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers.[4]

The purpose of NITROS is to train aerospace engineers in Control Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Modeling and Simulation, Structural Dynamics and Human perception cognition and action, to address complex solutions for rotorcraft safety.[1] Rotorcraft accident rates remain disproportionately high in comparison with fixed-wing aircraft.[5][6]

The network is composed of four different universities spread over four different countries namely: Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), University of Liverpool (England) and the University of Glasgow (Scotland). Whilst there are also six different international industrial partners involved in helping collaborate: Bristow Helicopters, Civil Aviation Authority, Eurocontrol, Leonardo Helicopter, National Aerospace Laboratory and the Max Plank Institute.

The NITROS project will be presented at the 44th European Rotorcraft Forum in Delft[7] as well as the subsequent 45th and 46th European Rotorcraft Forums where the 12 different projects will be presented.

Each research project is focused on a problem that affects the safety of the current or innovative rotorcraft configurations:


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  2. ^ "Network for Innovative Training on ROtorcraft Safety". CORDIS. European Commission. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  3. ^ "European Joint Doctorates (EJD)".
  4. ^ "Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers". CORDIS. European Commission. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  5. ^ Harris, F.D (December 2000). "U.S. Civil Rotorcraft Accidents, 1963 Through 1997". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA/TM-2000-209597.
  6. ^ National Transportation Safety Board (October 2010). "Review of U.S. Civil Aviation Accidents". NTSB/ARA-12/01, PB2012-104264. Washington, DC.
  7. ^ NLR, ERF, European Rotorcraft Forum,. "44th European Rotorcraft Forum - Call for papers - Delft, The Netherlands 18-21 September 2018". Retrieved 2018-06-14.