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Green RotorCraft (GRC)

The Green RotorCraft research programme (GRC) aimed to develop innovative technologies at industrial level to contribute to reaching Clean Sky’s environmental targets and to bring these technologies to an high enough maturity level to assess their feasibility in the perspective of industrial applications in rotorcraft products. By the year 2020, GRC technologies could help reduce by half the specific impact of rotorcraft operations on the environment, while sustaining the expected growth of rotorcraft services. The project included several technological streams addressing innovative rotor blades, aerodynamic drag reduction, integration of electrical systems and high compression engine, to the exploration of optimised aircraft trajectories and guidance procedures to minimise perceived noise, eco-design and environment friendly manufacturing technologies. Green RotorCraft ITD beneficiaries have disseminated their results across Europe. Partners from SMEs, research centres and universities greatly contributed to reach the target shown in the table, by increasing performances year after year.

Scientific Papers 96
Master/PhD Thesis 4
Conference Papers 78
Other Diss. 72
Total 250

The figure below shows the production of the papers during the course of the project. Clean Sky 2 is certain that further publications have been made after the closure of the project and for this it invites the authors to report their works.

Paper Production for Year

Green RotorCraft (GRC)

Most of these works were produced by universities. This chart considers only the institution to which the first author of the paper belongs. However, it must be noted that more than 66% of GRC Clean Sky papers involve more than one organisation. This means that the participation of universities and industry (SMEs have been included in this category) to the project dissemination is higher of that indicated in the picture below.

Paper for type of organisation

Green RotorCraft (GRC)

More than 75% of all dissemination occurred in Europe, around 16% in the United States and about 9% in the rest of the world, as shown in this figure where the number of papers for country are reported.

Conference Participation for Country

Green RotorCraft (GRC)


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