he EcoPulse distributed propulsion hybrid aircraft demonstrator – which is being developed by Daher, Safran and Airbus with the support of France’s Civil Aviation Research Council (CORAC) and French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) – has successfully completed wind tunnel testing at the Airbus UK Filton facility.
The EcoPulse demonstrator is an integral part of our decarbonisation roadmap, increasing our knowledge of distributed propulsion systems, paving the way for electric and hybrid-electric, emission-free aircraft. These wind tunnel tests will enable us to align our simulation models with actual performance in order to validate future configuration choices and technologies. This is yet another milestone successfully achieved with our partners Daher and Safran, once again highlighting that the path to zero emissions will benefit from collaborative expertise.
Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Engineering, Airbus
Distributed Propulsion Systems consist of breaking down thrust generation into many small engines spread out along the span of the wing. Tailoring the power distribution configuration in this way could benefit cruise, as well as take-off and landing performance but also noise emissions. And last but not least, the use of distributed engine thrust could enable aircraft flight control concepts to be redefined.