Technological roadmaps

This section presents proposed common roadmaps for future Europe-Japan cooperation in the fields of Aircraft, Systems and Equipment, with the support of R&T institutions, Academics and Clusters.



Following an initial consultation and interaction between the European and Japanese stakeholders, SUNJET-II produced the first set of consolidated roadmaps on several aviation-related domains which are considered promising for future EU-Japan R&T cooperation. The process was repeated in 2016-2017 and the second revised and updated set of consolidated roadmaps has been elaborated.

Technological roadmaps (revised)

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Integrated electrical actuators using latest materials
for high power control applications
Ultra high density electric engines
High energy density batteries
High power density fuel cells
High power density power distribution network cables (superconducting)
High power density superconducting electric machines
High voltage and large capacity
Electrical power system (Step 1)
High voltage and large capacity
Electrical power system,(Step 2)
Redundant, High power density fuel cells - battery hybrids
Hybrid propulsion system with hydrogen fuel
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Stripping and debonding assisted by laser technology
Flight Test Instrumentation & Structure Health Monitoring
(energy harvesting, nano-sensors, sensor network,...)
Conductive adhesives and composites

New multimaterials assemblies
concepts without bonding
Certification of composite parts
thus avoiding their over-dimensioning
Material research, such as
for example thermoplastic composites (ALM)
Development of a technical bamboo fiber tissue
Anisotropic lattice composites-
efficient structural concept
Anisotropic lattice composites -
design analysis and manufacturing
Advanced Structural Monitoring Techniques and Experimental Mechanics
Surface technology for fibre reinforced plastics (pre‐treatment methods, surface inspection, coatings)
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Development of 3D printing technologies
for composite or metal aeronautical parts.
Development of 3D printing technologies
for composite or metal multifunctional aeronautical parts.
Flow and load manipulation through the use of
smart materials and adaptive structures
Development of bio-inspired materials
for efficient aeronautic parts.
Development of bio-inspired materials for efficient aeronautic parts -
multifunctional biocomposites - design by analysis
Surface modification techniques
for high-performance,additive manufacturing products
New technologies and new materials for morphing aircraft
Recycling of aeronautical materials Recyclable and environmentally compatible aeronautical materials
Nanocomposites and Advanced Materials
Bio‐sourced and Recycled Nanocomposites Materials
Surface Technology to support Hybrid / natural laminar flow (Anti‐contamination, Anti‐erosion surfaces)
Drag‐reducing surfaces (compliant coatings for maintenance of laminar flow)
Development of bio-inspired materials for efficient aeronautic parts
Surface modification techniques for high-performance, additive manufacturing products
Liner research for modern low-emission aero-engines
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Pilot workload reduction aids
Large scale and high brightness displays
(Step 1)
Large Scale and high brightness displays
(step2)
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Low Noise from Landing Gear
(Step1)
Low Noise from Landing Gear
(Step2)
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Late aircraft definition and customisation
Easy integration and connection of equipments to the structure
Easier to use materials
Robots for manufacturing
Bonding / Welding technologies
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Acceptability assessment and
reduction of sonic boom
HIKARI High speed transport demonstrators High-speed aircraft
Cold structure for high-speed transport
Noise reduction technologies
Reduction of sonic boom
Supersonic Transport Configurations / Low-Boom - Low Drag Design
High-speed vehicles: TPS for sustained flight
Hypersonic airbreathing propulsion
2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Anti-icing
Anti-icing and deicing through active coating technology
De-icing through active coating technology; conductive adhesives and composites;
new multimaterials assemblies concepts without bonding
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Fleet mission management
Area mission management
Formation flight
Assess trajectory and
formation characteristics
of multiple UAV configurations.
Develop models that can serve
as potential tools to optimise
trajectories of airliners etc.
high performance flight management computer
capable of real time 4D trajectory optimization
complete decentralized
air traffic management
Operational support for new aircraft functionality
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Resistance to cyberattacks
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Advanced MDO methods for Overall Aircraft Design (OAD) and Air Transport System (ATS) level analysis & optimization
CFD/EFD Synergy
Optical measurement techniques (TSP, PSP, PIV)
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
New cabin concepts
Cabin adaptation between flights

Technological roadmaps

2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Integrated electrical actuators using latest materials
for high power control applications
Ultra high density electric engines
High energy density batteries
High power density fuel cells
High power density power distribution network cables (superconducting)
High power density superconducting electric machines
High voltage and large capacity
Electrical power system (Step 1)
High voltage and large capacity
Electrical power system,(Step 2)
Redundant, High power density fuel cells - battery hybrids
Hybrid propulsion system with hydrogen fuel
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Stripping and debonding assisted by laser technology
Flight Test Instrumentation & Structure Health Monitoring
(energy harvesting, nano-sensors, sensor network,...)
Conductive adhesives and composites

New multimaterials assemblies
concepts without bonding
Certification of composite parts
thus avoiding their over-dimensioning
Material research, such as
for example thermoplastic composites (ALM)
Development of a technical bamboo fiber tissue
Anisotropic lattice composites-
efficient structural concept
Anisotropic lattice composites -
design analysis and manufacturing
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Development of 3D printing technologies
for composite or metal aeronautical parts.
Development of 3D printing technologies
for composite or metal multifunctional aeronautical parts.
Flow and load manipulation through the use of
smart materials and adaptive structures
Development of bio-inspired materials
for efficient aeronautic parts.
Development of bio-inspired materials for efficient aeronautic parts -
multifunctional biocomposites - design by analysis
Surface modification techniques
for high-performance,additive manufacturing products
New technologies and new materials for morphing aircraft
Recycling of aeronautical materials Recyclable and environmentally compatible aeronautical materials
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Pilot workload reduction aids
Large scale and high brightness displays
(Step 1)
Large Scale and high brightness displays
(step2)
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Low Noise from Landing Gear
(Step1)
Low Noise from Landing Gear
(Step2)
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Late aircraft definition and customisation
Easy integration and connection of equipments to the structure
Easier to use materials
Robots for manufacturing
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Acceptability assessment and
reduction of sonic boom
HIKARI High speed transport demonstrators High-speed aircraft
Cold structure for high-speed transport
Noise reduction technologies
Reduction of sonic boom
2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Anti-icing
Anti-icing and deicing through active coating technology
De-icing through active coating technology; conductive adhesives and composites;
new multimaterials assemblies concepts without bonding
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Fleet mission management
Area mission management
Formation flight
Assess trajectory and
formation characteristics
of multiple UAV configurations.
Develop models that can serve
as potential tools to optimise
trajectories of airliners etc.
high performance flight management computer
capable of real time 4D trajectory optimization
complete decentralized
air traffic management
2015
2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050
Resistance to cyberattacks

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 640480

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