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Advanced Assembly Solutions for the Airbus RACER Joined-Wing Configuration

Bainbridge, David; Bacharoudis, Konstantinos; Cini, Andrea; Turner, Alison; Popov, Atanas; Ratchev, Svetan


David Bainbridge

Konstantinos Bacharoudis

Andrea Cini

Alison Turner

Professor of Engineering Dynamics

Cripps Professor of Production Engineering & Head of Research Division


The Rapid And Cost Effective Rotorcraft (RACER) is being developed by Airbus Helicopters (AH) to demonstrate a new Vertical TakeOff and Landing configuration to fill the mobility gap between conventional helicopters and aeroplanes. RACER is a compound rotorcraft featuring wings and multiple rotors. The wing arrangement suggested by AH is defined as a staggered bi-plane joined configuration with an upper and a lower straight wing, either side of the fuselage, connected at their outboard extent to form a triangular structure. The ASTRAL consortium, consisting of the University of Nottingham and GE Aviation Systems, are responsible for the design, manufacture, assembly and testing of the wings. Producing an optimised strategy to assemble a joined-wing configuration for a passenger carrying rotorcraft is challenging and novel. The objective of this work concerns all aspects of assembling the joined-wing structure.


Bainbridge, D., Bacharoudis, K., Cini, A., Turner, A., Popov, A., & Ratchev, S. (2019). Advanced Assembly Solutions for the Airbus RACER Joined-Wing Configuration

Conference Name Aerotech Europe Conference
Start Date Sep 24, 2019
End Date Sep 26, 2019
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2019
Publication Date Sep 26, 2019
Deposit Date Jul 23, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 27, 2020
Publisher SAE International
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Additional Information SAE Paper No.: 2019-01-1884


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