ONERA is a public research establishment, with eight major facilities in France and about 2,000 employees, including 1,500 scientists, engineers and technicians. ONERA is working on some of today’s most important issues, including the reduction of noise and emissions, aircraft safety and air traffic management. At the same time, it is continuing its research into increasing the performance and competitiveness of airplanes, helicopters and launch vehicles. ONERA also addresses today’s fast-changing Defence needs, such as surveillance and tracking systems, information processing, decision aids and aircraft autonomy.

ONERA’s activity in the project will be carried out in the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Antenna Material and Modelling (AMM) research groups that belong to the Electromagnetism and Radar Department (DEMR). The DEMR is located in 3 plants in France and gathers about 150 scientists including 20 Ph.Ds. This department addresses a large variety of Electromagnetism related problems on aircraft and related structures and infrastructures.

The topics of Electromagnetic (EM) coupling and antennas are key topics of the EMC and AMM research groups. The two groups are located in Toulouse with about 20 experts, all them well known in the scientific community. The EMC group expertise relies on numerical modelling, numerical simulation and measurement activities, which are often proposed together as a combined solution for solving EM coupling problems of interest.

ONERA is the European coordinator of the project.  ONERA will also lead the technical WP2 dealing with EM coupling onto interconnected systems in Composite Electric Aircraft (CEA), will contribute to WP3 about antennas in CEA and to WP1 and WP5 through numerical modelling, validation and demonstration activities.



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The EPICEA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689007.