Words from the Editor

Dear Colleague,

This is the first newsletter of a year that started very well, with the recent first flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy

This issue features three main sections:

  1. Announcement of conferences from Aerospace Europe societies and the Pegasus network.
  2. Information concerning the Eucass EUROSAE partner, in the process of expanding its activities from France over to the rest of Europe.
  3. The usual tables of contents of European aerospace journals ordered by disciplines in order to facilitate access to material of interest to you. For this issue, the section "Patents of Interest" takes a hiatus.

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The Aerospace Europe newsletter’s primary objective is to bring to your attention

  1. Conferences that are of interest to our community
  2. Contents of the latest issues of scientific journals edited in Europe
  3. Relevant patents from the European Patent Office.

Occasionally, job offers and public policy issues will be posted (please check below for an important and urgent policy announcement about EU funding priorities).

If you hear of outstanding breakthroughs from other groups or from your own lab, do not fail to inform us at the special email address   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we'll highlight them in the forthcoming issue.



In this issue

Public policy

News from Aerospace Europe partner societies


News from Journals

Job Offers

Public Policy

Urgent, important

  Eucass has observer status in the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE). It relays its actions, particularly that which is aimed at collectively responding to EU about funding priorities. This may be of critical importance to your own research over the coming years.

To take action, you are invited to read the circular message just sent out by ISE, to follow their instructions and respond promptly. These two documents can be obtained from the dedicated Eucass webpage.


News from Aerospace Europe partner societies

To find always the latest news for the events organized by the Aerospace Europe (ae in short) members, do not forget to visit the ae website.



PEGASUS, organises its 14th Student conference, April 18-20 in Madrid.

As a member of the PEGASUS Network, the University of Bologna and specifically the Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering will organise an internal selection of papers for the participation in the 14th PEGASUS Student network, which will be held at UPM Madrid, Spain, on April 18-20 2018. 

The three selected students who submit the best papers will be rewarded with travel expenses refund in order to participate in the Student Conference.


EUROMECH is organizing its Colloquim 596 on Numerical Simulations of Flows with Particles, Bubbles and Droplets that will be held the 9-11 May in San Servolo - Venice, Italy.

The aim of the colloquium is to discuss the latest advancement in numerical simulations of flows with particles, bubbles and droplets, and the new possible interactions between experiments and simulations aiming to best exploit these advances: 

  • Transport phenomena in suspensions of particle, droplets and bubbles
  •  Turbulence modulation by dispersed phases
  •  Interfacial flows
  •  Phase-change in multiphase flows
  •  Synergy between modern experimental and numerical techniques
  •  Multiscale techniques in multiphase flows
  •  Advances in Numerical Method for dense multiphase flows

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ERCOFTAC's Special Interest Group for Aeroacoustics is organizing its third course on Computational Aeroacoustics, that will be held the 4-5 June at ONERA's Châtillon facility near Paris.

This course is for researchers in industry and in academia. It will provide:

1) comprehensive overview of recent insights of aeroacoustics theories

2) practical problems involving the coupling between CFD’s results and CA

3) realistic applications in the transport, energy and process industry will be discussed

4) advanced computational aeroacoustics methods 5)  direct computation of aerodynamic noise

6)  specific topics reflecting participants interests will be discussed in a Q&A session

To register, visit the event page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


DLR is organizing 11th International Symposium on Special Topics in Chemical Propulsion & Energetic Materials (11-ISICP) that will be held the 9-13 September at Le Meridien Hotel at Stuttgart, Germany.

This International Symposium will serve as a platform for 

  • the communication between researchers, designers, manufacturers and decision makers regarding state-of-the-art approaches in the field of energetic materials, like propellants, explosives, and fuel or oxidizer ingredients
  • the discussion of new and improved safety techniques in the combustion of energetic materials
  • the discussion and recommendation of future directions for research in combustion, propulsion and chemical reaction systems​

Deadline for Abstract Submission is March 9, 2018.

Further information you can find in this Call for Papers and on the conference website

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ERCOFTAC is preparing an LES/DNS conference with support from EUCASS and EUROTURBO, the HiFiLeD symposium.

Supported by the EU H2020 TILDA project, it will take place in Brussels, 14 to 16 November 2018.

With the advent and growing availability of large scale computing power and facilities, a new area of turbulence research is opening with the ability to perform reliable high-fidelity large-eddy simulations (LES) and direct numerical simulations (DNS) for industrial relevant flow configurations. 

This availability is opening exciting new avenues towards understanding and modeling turbulence and transition by:

  1. Direct generation of HiFiLeD to fully predict complex flows, by capturing most or all of the relevant turbulent scales and interactions
  2. Analyzing in depth the underlying physics, supported in particular by new technologies of Machine Learning 
  3. Confronting available turbulence and transition models, identifying their deficiencies, improving the range of validity of current models and generate new ones.

This novel approach of High-Fidelity LES/DNS data has attracted many researchers in recent years, stimulated by other emerging areas, as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), providing new efficient methodologies for interrogating and investigating very large data sets.

These topics of turbulence research are the main focus of thisf new HiFiLeD Symposium.



EUCASS, second largest aerospace conference at the continental scale, and first of its kind in Europe since 2005, will come to Spain in 2019.

It will be hosted by ETSIAE at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. It will cover all enabling sciences of interest to Aeronautics and Space, and plenary sessions will procure enlightening coverage of programmes and challenges presented by Industry and Agency managers.

It is to take place the first week of the month of July. You may want to bookmark your agenda now.

A landing page for the conference is available at the https://www.eucass.eu/2019 address. It will be updated soon with more details about the venue and other important news. 



EUROSAE, subsidiary of two prestigious Schools, ISAE SUPAERO and ENSTA ParisTech, is the reference in the advance training of the aerospace world.

 It provides short, high level training courses to engineers, technicians and company executives willing to improve their professional skills in sciences, engineering and management fields.

These  targeted, dense and short courses, are organized in the format of inter-companies or intra-companies sessions, with the aim to:

  • consolidate or update their knowledge in their activity sector,
  • widen their fields of knowledge in the related domains, in particular for mastering techniques and necessary methods to improve a dialog with their collaborators and partners, 
  • prepare and/or accompany their career development.

EUROSAE offers a wide range of training courses, some of which are unique in France and in EUROPE

News from Journals

    For your convenience, starting from newsletter #10 we  provide for each article the keywords selected by the respective journal editor.


    At the same time, our newsletter editor or his helper is classifying the most interesting articles for our Aerospace Europe partners according to certains areas of interest.


    You'll find below first the usual classification with links to the proper article in the classical article list based on the different journals presented in this newsletter.


TsAGI Science Journal

Since Newsletter #26 (see the past issues on our website here)  one new volume has been published:

  • Volume 48, Issue N.4 (toc available here)

The toc of this last issue is reported below for your convenience.

Froude model of ideal propeller in nonuniform flow
Teperin, Leonid Leonidovich and Teperina, Ludmila Nikolaevna and Orfinejad, Farid and El-Salamony, Mostafa and Thein, Myo
Pages: 307–315
Keywords: Froude model, ideal propeller, nonuniform flow, supplied power

Interaction of mach waves and boundary layer at a supersonic flow over a plate with a sharp leading edge
Din, Quan Hoang and Egorov, Ivan Vladimirovich and Fedorov, Alexander Vitalyevich
Pages: 317–329
Keywords: numerical modeling, quasi-steady wake, Mach waves, mass flow disturbances, supersonic flow

Fluid micropolarity influence on laminar boundary layer separation
Abramov, Fedor Aleksandrovich and Brutyan, Murad Abramovich and Kovalev, Vladimir Efimovich
Pages: 331–340
Keywords: micropolar fluid, aerodynamic airfoil, boundary layer separation

Specific features of deceleration of a high-velocity flow in convergent fixed-geometry inlets
Vinogradov, Vyacheslav Afanasievich and Guryleva, Natalya Valeryevna and Ivan’kin, Mikhail Anatolyevich and Stepanov, Vladimir Alekseevich
Pages: 341–355
Keywords: convergent fixed-geometry three-dimensional (3D) inlet, numerical–experimental investigation at high supersonic velocities, throttle performance

Computational and experimental investigations of flow characteristics in a curvilinear inlet channel
Anokhin, Denis Vyacheslavovich and Dyagileva, Evgenia Sergeevna and Minin, Oleg Petrovich and Olishevskii, Dmitrii Aleksandrovich and Shevel’kov, Sergei Grigorievich
Pages: 357–362
Keywords: inlet, flying wing, integrated arrangement

Experimental investigations of wall interference effect on model test results at tsagi t-106 wind tunnel
Savin, Petr Vladimirovich
Pages: 363–375
Keywords: wind tunnel, tunnel wall effect, model scale effect, aerodynamic performance

Determination of residual stresses and stress intensity factors by removing local material
Eleonskii, Svyatoslav Igorevich and Odintsev, Igor Nikolaevich and Pisarev, Vladimir Sergeevich and Usov, Stanislav Mikhailovich
Pages: 377–398
Keywords: welded joints, residual stress, hole-drilling method, stress intensity factor (SIF), crack compliance method, electronic speckle-pattern interferometry



Journal of Aerospace Engineering

Since last newsletter, two new issues have been released:

  • Volume 232, Issue N.1 of January 2018 (toc available here)
  • Volume 232, Issue N.2 of February 2018 (toc available here)

The toc for the last issue is reported below for your convenience.

Finite-time attitude controller design via dual-loop control strategy
Yin, Chun W and Hou, Ming S and Li, Ming X
Pages: 215–226
Keywords: Spacecraft;Attitude Control;Finite Time;Actuator Saturation;Velocity Constraint;Dual-loop;

Lambert’s problem and solution by non-rational bézier functions
Pan, Binfeng and Ma, Yangyang
Pages: 227–245
Keywords: Lambert’s Problem;Astrodynamics;Orbital Boundary Value Problem;Bézier Functions;Numerical Methods;

An unsteady free wake model for aerodynamic performance of cycloidal propellers
Tang, Jiwei and Hu, Yu and Song, Bifeng and Yang, Hui
Pages: 290–307
Keywords: Cycloidal Propeller;Aerodynamics;Momentum Theory;Leishman–beddoes Dynamic Stall Model;Lifting-line;Free Wake;

Robust non-fragile state feedback attitude control for uncertain spacecraft with input saturation
Liu, Chuang and Sun, Zhaowei and Shi, Keke and Wang, Feng
Pages: 246–259
Keywords: Spacecraft Attitude System;Parameter Uncertainty;Controller Perturbation;Input Saturation;Mixed H2/H∞ Control;Non-fragile Control;

Modified unscented kalman filter for x-ray pulsar-based navigation system in the presence of measurement outliers
Li, Xiaoyu and Jin, Jing and Shen, Yi
Pages: 260–269
Keywords: X-ray Pulsar;Autonomous Navigation;Orbit Determination;UKF;Outlier;

Sensor fusions for constant thrust aircraft navigation in pitch plane
Ashokkumar, Chimpalthradi R and York, George WP
Pages: 388–398
Keywords: Sensor Fusion;Controller Options;Obstacle Avoidance;Constant Thrust;Navigation;

A global optimization control for turbo-fan engine acceleration schedule design
Zheng, Qiangang and Zhang, Haibo
Pages: 308–316
Keywords: Turbo-fan Engine;Acceleration Optimization Control;Global Optimization;Acceleration Time;Bezier Curves;Acceleration Schedule Design;

Coordinated formation control strategy of the rotating hub-spoke tethered formation system
Huang, Panfeng and Hu, Yongxin and Zhao, Yakun and Ma, Jun and Zhang, Fan and Meng, Zhongjie and Liu, Zhengxiong
Pages: 317–330
Keywords: Tethered Spacecraft System;Tethered Formations System;Coordinated Formation;Hub-spoke;Coordinated Control;

Decentralized navigational state estimation for networked navigation systems with finite channel capacity and randomly switching topologies
Gao, Chao and Zhao, Guorong and Lu, Jianhua and Pan, Shuang
Pages: 201–214
Keywords: Networked Navigation System;Receding Horizon Estimation;Finite Channel Capacity;Quantization Effect;Saturation;Colored Noise;Non-equal Horizon Length;

Disturbance-observer-based fixed-time second-order sliding mode control of an air-breathing hypersonic vehicle with actuator faults
Li, Peng and Ma, Jianjun and Zheng, Zhiqiang
Pages: 344–361
Keywords: Second-order Sliding Mode;Disturbance Observer;Fixed-time Convergence;Air-breathing Hypersonic Vehicle;Actuator Fault;

Multiple flight vehicles cooperative guidance law based on extended state observer and finite time consensus theory
Zhao, Enjiao and Chao, Tao and Wang, Songyan and Yang, Ming
Pages: 270–279
Keywords: Maneuver Target;Cooperative Intercept;Extended State Observer;Cooperative Guidance Law;

Tracking of group targets using multiple models ggiw-phd algorithm based on best-fitting gaussian approximation and strong tracking filter
Wang, Yun and Hu, Guo-Ping and Li, Zhen-Xing
Pages: 331–343
Keywords: Group Targets Tracking;Gamma Gaussian Inverse Wishart;Probability Hypothesis Density;Multiple Models;Best-fitting Gaussian Approximation;Strong Tracking Filter;

Natural motion of a multi-rotor aircraft
Ferrarese, Gastone
Pages: 280–289
Keywords: Multi-rotor;Natural Motion;Dynamic Modes;Dynamic Stability;

The effect of dimpled surface on loss reduction and vortices in a highly loaded compressor cascade
Lu, Hua-wei and Yang, Yi and Guo, Shuang and Huang, Yu-xuan and Wang, Hong and Zhong, Jing-jun
Pages: 374–387
Keywords: Dimpled Surface;Highly Loaded Compressor Cascade;Flow Control;Topological Structure;Numerical Simulation;

Numerical study on the effect of geometrical parameters on the labyrinth–honeycomb seal performance
Alizadeh, Mohammad and Nikkhahi, Behnam and Farahani, Alireza Shahrabi and Fathi, Alireza
Pages: 362–373
Keywords: Sealing;Labyrinth;Honeycomb;Computational Fluid Dynamics;Discharge Coefficient;


Thank you to Reviewers

Pages: 399–404


Combustion and Explosion Journal

Since newsletter #26, two new volumes of the Combustion and Explosion Journal have been just publshed.

  • Volume 10, Issue N.4 (toc available here)
  • Volume 11, Issue N.1 (toc available here)

For your convenience, the toc of the last issue is provided below.

Table of Contents (Volume 11 Issue N.1)

Real energy: Problems and forecasts
V. S. Arutyunov, G. V. Lisichkin, and L. N. Strekova
Pages: P. 4-18
Keywords: energy; renewable energy sources; oil; gas; coal; thermonuclear energy; wind power; solar energy; fossil

Analysis of literature models of oxidation of methane at moderate temperatures
A. A. Belyaev, A. V. Nikitin, P. D. Toktaliev, P. A. Vlasov, A. V. Ozerskiy, A. S. Dmitruk, A. V. Arutyunov, and V. S. Arutyunov
Pages: P. 19-26
Keywords: natural gas; methane; partial oxidation; methanol; formaldehyde; oxygenates

Homogeneous pyrolysis of dimethyl ether under pulsed adiabatic compression
I. V. Bilera and S. N. Khadzhiev
Pages: P. 27-34
Keywords: dimethyl ether (DME); pyrolysis; rapid compression machine (RCM); formaldehyde; ethylene

Numerical simulation of unstable regimes of methane--air mixture premixed combustion in low-emission combustion chamber
K. Ya. Yakubovsky, P. D. Toktaliev, and A. B. Lebedev
Pages: P. 35-46
Keywords: unstable regime; turbulent combustion; combustion chambers; LES

Mathematical modeling of detonation propagation in a tube with variable cross section using unstructured computational grids
A. I. Lopato and P. S. Utkin
Pages: P. 47-53
Keywords: detonation wave; unstructured computational grids; mathematical modeling; tube with variable

The model of detonation ramjet: Firing tests in a pulsed wind tunnel with the airflow of Mach 5.7 and stagnation temperature 1500 K
S. M. Frolov, V. I. Zvegintsev, V. S. Ivanov, V. S. Aksenov, I. O. Shamshin, D. A. Vnuchkov, D. G. Nalivaichenko, A. A. Berlin, V. M. Fomin, A. N. Shiplyuk, and N. N. Yakovlev
Pages: P. 54-62
Keywords: detonation ramjet; hydrogen; firing tests; pulsed wind tunnel; specific impulse; thrust

Theoretical study of dimerization kinetics of aluminum oxide
A. S. Sharipov and B. I. Loukhovitski
Pages: P. 63-69
Keywords: alumina; dimerization; RRKM

Differentiation of disperse particles in diesel exhaust gases
A. R. Kulchitskiy
Pages: P. 70-77
Keywords: diesel engine; disperse particles; soot; firm sulphates; heavy hydrocarbons; fuel; oil

Combustion of the hydroreacting system on the base of a metal matrix saturated with water
V. M. Nikolaev, S. V. Finyakov, and V. M. Shmelev
Pages: P. 78-81
Keywords: combustion of metals; magnesium; permeable matrix; foam metal

Continuous film detonation of liquid fuel
S. M. Frolov, I. O. Shamshin, V. S. Aksenov, I. A. Sadykov, P. A. Gusev, V. A. Zelenskii, E. V. Evstratov, and M. I. Alymov
Pages: P. 82-89
Keywords: liquid propellant detonation rocket engine; film detonation; continuous spin detonation; longitudinally

Combustion of grains of condensed energetic materials with a curved burning surface
S. A. Rashkovskiy
Pages: P. 90-96
Keywords: condensed energetic materials; burning rate; curvature of the burning surface; critical diameter

Pulse nozzle setup with a charge of high-density composite propellant burning in the low-velocity detonation mode
A. A. Sulimov, B. S. Ermolaev, V. E. Khrapovskii, and A. V. Roman'kov
Pages: P. 97-103
Keywords: low-velocity detonation; high-density composite propellant, ammonium perchlorate

Influence of mechanical activation on ignition of arested reactive milling Al/MoO3 composites
M. V. Sivak, A. N. Streletskii, A. A. Shevchenko, and I. V. Kolbanev
Pages: P. 104-112
Keywords: nanothermites; MICs; ball milling; mechanochemistry

Thermochemical properties of trinitroethyl derivatives CL-20
T. S. Kon'kova, Yu. N. Matyushin, E. A. Miroshnichenko, A. B. Vorob'ev, O. A. Luk'yanov, and G. A. Smirnov
Pages: P. 113-117
Keywords: calorimetry; bomb calorimeter; enthalpy of combustion; enthalpy of formation; trinitroethyl derivatives

Molecular dynamic simulation of isothermal and shock-induced compression of methane
A. V. Kudinov, Yu. A. Bogdanova, S. A. Gubin, and Z. I. Mamedov
Pages: P. 118-124
Keywords: A molecular dynamic (MD) simulation of isothermal compression of liquid methane (T = 110 K) using molecular dynamic simulation; isothermal compression; shock Hugoniot, methane


Job Offers

 One resource has been recently brought to our attention: https://www.academicgates.com.

It collects academic offers from all over the world and on various fields, with a few thousands in Engineering alone.

It may be of help for some of our readers so we are happy to mention it here and in our website.