Czech scientists participate in Airbus A380 project
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The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, successfully completed its test flight last week. The aircraft that can carry up to 840 passengers took off from its production site in the French city of Toulouse but the aeroplane is a truly European cooperation. For example its wings and engines are built in the United Kingdom, the tail comes from Spain and Germany. But it's little known that Czech scientists, too, had their share in the project.
"There are prescribed distances between two planes in the landing phase, and this distance depends on the plane size. There are several distances between the different sizes of planes, and for this case, or let's say the biggest existing plane, the distance is up to six or seven miles. It was expected that for this largest plane there will be a necessity to define a larger distance. And our role in this team was the calculation of the largest turbulence behind this new Airbus."
"The behaviour of both air and water are described by the same set of mathematical equations. So it's a contact point of our nuclear skill with the participation in the Airbus project, because we have very modern codes for calculation of fluid dynamics. Our participation originates in the comparison of our skills in the field of fluid dynamics description and possible utilisation of these skills in special calculation for turbulence behind this big aircraft."
"I hope yes, because it must be a very nice feeling to be sitting on a plane that you participated in, even if it is a very small part in its development. So I am looking forward to the occasion when I have the chance..."