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During President Macron’s state visit to the Netherlands, five agreements were signed to intensify the collaboration between the two countries in the field of science and technology. Among them, an agreement between TU Delft and France foresees a close collaboration between ISAE-SUPAERO and TU Delft in the field of sustainable aviation.

Signature accord TU Delft

This new agreement aims in particular to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations in the field of aerospace transition, and is fully in line with the priorities of both countries in terms of sustainable mobility.

The agreement will begin with a pilot project focusing on optimizing aircraft weight and aerodynamic performance, which, along with traditional safety issues, is a major research focus for sustainable aviation.

Three Ph studentships will be launched, focusing on new bio-inspired composite materials, aerostructure design methods that minimize the amount of waste produced, and innovative composite assembly techniques to better anticipate potential failures. This work will use AI, digital twins, and additive manufacturing, and will be supported by life cycle analyses. The three PhD students will be jointly supervised by ISAE-SUPAERO and TU Delft, and will work both in Toulouse and in Delft.

The agreement also provides for intensified collaboration between the two institutions on European innovation projects. Companies from both countries will have the opportunity to participate in the financing of these projects.

This new cooperation agreement was signed by François Alabrune, French Ambassador to the Netherlands, and Eva Voûte (TU Delft), in the presence of Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Robbert Dijkgraaf, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. In parallel, other agreements were also signed between Dutch organizations and leading French research institutions, such as CEA with TNO, INRIA with CWI, IFREMER with Wageningen University, ENSM with the STC group and a joint declaration between INRAE and Wageningen University.

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