Airbus A340 Flight Lab is the first test aircraft in the world to combine a transonic laminar wing
profile with a true internal primary structure.
This led to improvements in wind tunnels, allowing for such advancements as the laminar wing
design for the P-51 Mustang fighter used in World War II.
Designated as project BLADE an acronym for Breakthrough Laminar Aircraft Demonstrator in Europe this research effort utilises the first-ever A340 jetliner produced by Airbus, with its outboard wings replaced with approximately 10-meter-long laminar wing
The model design will be performed under a previous CfP topic (JTI-CS-2010-3-SFWA-02-007), while Dassault Aviation will deliver a fuselage that has to be modified in order to fit the new laminar wing
Objective: The primary innovative approach and the major aim of the investigations being covered here is in the first instance to perform reliable and high quality procedures for laminar wing
testing under and near flight conditions at high Reynolds numbers in ETW.
WP2 is dedicated to buffet control on 2D laminar wing
(bump and perforation blowing);
An aircraft that's designed to have laminar wings
flying long distance can save five to six percent in fuel usage.