All partners have a strategic interest directly related to their respective roles in the project lying behind their participation in AEROMIC project. In accordance with this, each participant has also demonstrated beyond any doubt their strong commitment to the AEROMIC project. It is clear, that the capability to deliver an ambitious innovative project such as AEROMIC is not available within a single member country. The key factors of required knowledge and skills demand that this work be pursued as a collaborative project at a European level.
Careful consideration has been given to the composition of the team, reflecting a balance between the need for a limited number of partners on one hand, to ensure efficiency and focus, and the need to have a sufficiently wide “breadth of participation” to provide a wealth of new ideas and to contain the required wide range of skills. The AEROMIC consortium has been constituted of 6 partners from 4 European countries. The partners stem from Austria (2), Germany (2), Spain (1) and Norway (1), giving the project a truly European dimension. The AEROMIC consortium is composed of 2 SMEs (VF, US), 3 university research groups (TUB, UC3M and NSU), and one research institute (SAL). The project coordination is taken over by SAL. Due to the broad-covering expertise of the partners, the risks inherent to the proposed R&D are minimized, whilst full research and commercial flexibility are maintained. The AEROMIC consortium is supported by Airbus.
Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is an RTO established with the aim to become a top European re-search center for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). EBS are components, assemblies and devices with microelectronics and nanoelectronics, systems as well as embedded software, that form the technological backbone of digitalization. Currently, SAL research staff comprises of 140 people at pre- and postdoctoral level, which shall increase to approximately 300 within the next three years, distributed across the three different sites Graz, Linz and Villach.
SAL is the coordinator of the project AEROMIC and in charge of the project management and the development of piezoelectric MEMS microphones for aeroacoustic measurements. In this project, SAL aims to develop a new-type piezoelectric MEMS microphone and a digital microphone array based on the MEMS microphone, which is dedicated to accurate acoustic measurements with high spatial resolution during wind-tunnel and flight tests and suitable for surface.
SAL will make a major contribution to all the work packages (WPs). The main tasks consist of (1) the leadership in WP1 (Project Management), and (2) the participation in WP2 (Specifications and Requirements), WP3 (MEMS Prototyping), WP4 (System Integration and Packaging), WP5 (Sensor Qualification), and WP6 (Dissemination and Exploitation). In this project, SAL aims to develop a new piezoelectric MEMS microphone and a digital microphone array based on the MEMS microphone, which is dedicated to accurate acoustic measurements with high spatial resolution during wind-tunnel and flight tests and suitable for surface unsteady pressure measurements at arbitrary model/aircraft position (including cockpit area).
University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is Norway’s fourth largest state funded University after the recent merger of 2 smaller university colleges from spring 2018. It has 18 000 students and 1800 employees. As well as education, USN is involved in both basic and applied research at regional, national and international levels. Since 2001 research activities at the Department for Microsystems (IMS) has been dedicated to a strategic and long-term development of research and education in applied micro and nanosystems technology. The research infrastructure has a national standing. Research activities in the department are centred on the following: electronic interconnection & packaging technologies, materials and micro-integration, micro acoustic and optics, micro-and nanoelectromechanical systems, micro- and nano sensor technologies, and BioMEMS. From 2015, IMS at USN is partner of national Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) for “Innovative Ultrasound Solutions” CIUS, where industry and academia collaborate to develop the next generation of ultrasound solutions.
USN IMS’s expertise matches well with the project tasks specified for USN in this project.
IMS will make the following contribution: (1) task leader for WP3.3 (prototype fabrication of the piezoelectric MEMS microphone), (2) participation in WP2 (Specifications and Requirements), WP3.5 (optimization of the piezoelectric MEMS microphone), WP4 (System Integration and Packaging), and WP6 (Dissemination and Exploitation). In this project, IMS together with SAL aims to develop a new ultra-thin piezoelectric MEMS microphone, which is dedicated to accurate acoustic measurements with high spatial resolution during wind-tunnel and flight tests and suitable for surface unsteady pressure measurements at arbitrary model/aircraft position (including cockpit area).