Airbus to develop next wing generation
Filton - The British Airbus subsidiary Airbus UK assembled in Filton a new wing test stand on which from 2019 the next generation wing structures will be tested.
Airbus UK posted a photo showing the arrival of 230-ton "Wall" at the Airbus Wing Integration Center (AWIC) in Filton, where the next generation wings will be tested.
Increased demand in performance and production rates require a radical new approach to the design and manufacturing of aircraft wings. In Filton, a multifunctional team is working to create the wing of the future,says Airbus. The research and test program will investigate different wing sizes. Long and narrow wing structures are the best to create a high lift-to-drag ratio, which could improve fuel efficiency. However, due to airport regulations, the length of the wings is restricted. Airbus engineers in AWIC is experimenting folding wing tips that could be extended before the flight and folded back on the ground to overcome this problem. It could be relatively a quick response to Boeing's 777X with folding wing tips.