The faculty of Aerospace Engineering is involved in three research projects within the European H2020 framework that were recently kicked off: PARSIFAL, SABRE and CENTRELINE.

PARSIFAL (Prandtlplane ARchitecture for the Sustainable Improvement of Future AirpLanes)

The main objective of PARSIFAL is to establish the scientific and engineering basis for improving the civil air transport of the next future by introducing an innovative aircraft: the ‘PrandtlPlane’. The PrandtlPlane is characterized by a box-wing configuration which is able to give aircraft more aerodynamic efficiency and lower fuel consumption. This will result in more efficient civil air transport, carrying more passengers and cargo.

Consortium: TU Delft, Pisa University, DLR, ONERA, Skybox Engineering, Institut de Mécanique et d'Ingénierie de Bordeaux

Contact TU Delft: Gianfranco La Rocca (, Mark Voskuijl (, Fabrizio Oliviero (

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SABRE (Shape Adaptive Blades for Rotorcraft Efficiency)

SABRE will develop ground-breaking new helicopter blade morphing technologies which will reduce helicopter fuel burn, CO2 and NOx emissions and noise emissions. It contributes to Europe’s ambitious aviation emissions goals while also sharpening its competitive edge in the rapidly growing international helicopter market. SABRE will adjust one of the most fundamental limitations on helicopter performance: the rotor blades. SABRE uses blades that can change their shape to optimise performance in all conditions.

Consortium: TU Delft, CIRA, DLR, University of Bristol, TU Munich and Swansea University

Contact TU Delft: Roeland de Breuker (, Mark Voskuijl (, Roelof Vos (

CENTRELINE (Concept validation study for fuselage wake-filling propulsion integration)

CENTRELINE will integrate an extra fan at the back of the fuselage. By means of ‘boundary layer ingestion’ the system will be more efficient (less drag). This concept will facilitate more efficient fuel use with regard to conventional aircraft.

Consortium: TU delft, Bauhaus Luftfahrt, Airbus, Siemens, University of Cambridge, ARTTIC, Chalmers University of Technology, MTU Aero Engines and Warsaw University of Technology

Contact TU Delft: Arvind Gangoli Rao (, Mark Voskuijl (