Aerodynamic Research Testing Capability and Data Enhancement (ARCADE)

Aerodynamic Research Testing Capability and Data Enhancement (ARCADE) was a £3.5m ATI-approved project whose primary objective was for the Aircraft Research Association (ARA) to develop specialist rigs for load alleviation, hybrid laminar flow control and flat yaw capabilities to a validated level of maturity as well as provide air quality improvements to benefit the performance of the transonic wind tunnel. As a result of this project, the enhanced validation data developed was made available to the UK aerospace community.

The ARCADE project concerned the maintenance and development of high quality and innovative wind tunnel testing at transonic speeds and at industrial scale at Aircraft Research Association, ARA. During its 65-year history, ARA has a long track record of efficiently delivering high quality aerodynamic data, particularly from its main experimental facility, the 2.7m x 2.4m Transonic Wind Tunnel, TWT.

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Short Title: ARCADE
Project Number: 113073
Project Cost: £3,453,639
End Date: 30th Nov 2017
Time Horizon: Position
Lead Partner: Aircraft Research Association Limited
Attributes: Fuel Efficiency
ATI Value Stream: Aircraft of the future