National Institute for Aerospace Research (INCAS), Romania

INCAS is the leading aerospace research institute in Romania, with more than 60 years of experience in aerospace design, experimental aerodynamics and numerical methods for applied aerodynamics and fluid mechanics. INCAS is acting in an integrated environment with industrial partners, involved in many aircraft projects at national and international level. All Romanian projects in aeronautics were developed in INCAS (e.g. IAR-93, IAR-99, IAR-705), and also international developments (e.g. BAC 1-11/ROMBAC).

INCAS currently employs 160 scientists and collaborates with partners from academia and industry. Main INCAS capacities are a supersonic blow down wind tunnel, with 1.2 m x 1.2 m test section, with a range of Mach 0.15 ... 3.5, MRe/m > 90 in transonic regimes, a subsonic wind tunnel, with 2.5 m x 2.0 m test section and velocity up to 110 m/s, a combined Ludwieg/shock tube of 160 m length (0.9 sec. of constant flow) and several dedicated test facilities for mechano-climatic tests for on-board equipment. All experimental facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art data acquisition systems and flow analysis instrumentations. Access in Grid technology is enabled for several VOs in flow physics and experimental activities. All conceptual design and experimental activities are integrated in a collaborative environment using academic and industrial partners.

The research infrastructure is used for industrial and academic research projects, in close cooperation with training activities at various levels, from high school to post graduate levels. INCAS has an important experience in sharing the research infrastructure for teaching and training activities, based on several projects at national level. In the last 60 years of existence, more than 10.000 young people have been involved in technical visits and short training activities as part of the educational process in physics.

INCAS is member of EREA, active partner in ARG, SRG and ES.

The role of INCAS in the PERSEUS project will be to participate actively in WP3 and WP4.