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High Intensity Radiated Environment

Project No: 205294

Project Manager: Prof. dr. ir. Frank B.J. Leferink

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science - EEMCS

Tel.: +31-53-4893856 (secretary)

Email: f.b.j.leferink@utwente.nl

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Modern airframe design is exploiting new exciting developments in materials and structures to construct ever more efficient air vehicle. These developments are driven by the economics of fuel efficiency and environmental sustainability, and the competition between airframe manufacturers both in the developed world and increasingly in the developing world.

The ElectroMagnetic environment in which air vehicles have to operate is becoming increasingly complex with developing threats arising outside the air vehicle and the demand from passengers to operate increasing numbers of diverse personal electronic devices within the cabin in flight.

The HIRF SE project has the goal of providing the European aeronautics industry with a computational framework which can be used in the development phase to enable ElectroMagnetic aspects of the airframe design to be accounted for at an early stage of the design process. Currently much of this work has to be done at the test phase risking considerable re-work costs if problems arise. Application of the HIRF SE framework will thus confer a substantial economic benefit. In addition it will provide a considerable reduction in the certification and qualification tests required on an air vehicle.

This proposal has brought together a large community of airframe manufacturers, research

institutes and universities all with significant expertise in the aeronautics applications of

ElectroMagnetics. The consortium has significant membership from recent accession states.

The expected results to be included in the computational framework are summarised as follows.


Capability to deal with the increased use of composite materials and structures by the

airframe industry. The HIRF SE framework will include the most advanced computational models for the numerical simulation of the EM characteristics and performance of composite materials.


Capability to deal with the complete internal and external electromagnetic environment (present and foreseen). The HIRF SE framework will be able to simulate a wide spread typology and number of EM (internal and external) interference sources.


A developed methodology and tool well recognised inside the civil aviation community in accordance with the certification bodies.

Project duration: 1-12-2008/1-12-2012

Project budget: 28.8 M-€ / 19.3 M-€ funding

Number of person/years: 2510 manmonths

Project Coordinator: ALENIA AERONAUTICA S.p.A.

Participants: Alenia Aeronautica ALA I S.p.A., L-up SAS LUP, Hellenic Aerospace Industry S.A., Office National D'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales, Ginkgo Solutions SAS, Università di Roma Sapienza, Dassault Aviation, University of York, Alenia Aermacchi, Agusta Westland, BAe Systems Ltd., Brno University of Technology, International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Computer Simulation Technology Gmbh, Eurocopter Deutschland Gmbh, EMCCons DR. RASEK, EADS Construcciones Aeronáuticas, Evektor, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Galileo Avionica, Hispano-Suiza, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Ingegneria dei Sistemi S.p.A., National Institute for Aerospace Technology, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, National Aerospace Laboratory, Oktal – Synthetic Environment, Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A., Politecnico di Torino, Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze, QWED Sp. z.o.o., Rzeszow University of Technology, SPIRIT S.A., Thales Avionics SA, Thales Airborne System, Thales Communication SA, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, University of Twente, University of Granada, University of Malta, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, University of Nottingham, Ingegneria dei Sistemi, Advanced Microwave System.

Project budget CTIT: 390 k-€ / 297 k-€ funding

Number of person/years CTIT: 36 manmonths

Involved groups: Short Range Radio