Special Issue "Driving Forward Aerospace Innovation"


A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Kontis
Mechan Chair of Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, James Watt Building South, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK
E-Mail: kostas.kontis@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 141 330 4337
Interests: aerodynamic technologies; flow and flight control systems; shock physics; aerospace design and optimization; flow diagnostics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Aerospace tackles the multidisciplinary challenges faced by the aerospace industry in the 21st century. Extensive research and technology programmes, aligning directly with international and national industrial priorities and 2020-2050 Vision, are being delivered for greener, faster, safer and more extensive travel. Aerospace brings together the industry and academic communities in line with the strategy of focusing on the high value, technologically sophisticated parts of aircrafts, rotorcrafts, missiles, rockets and space vehicles.
For example, improvements enabled by Aerospace research are expected to lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 100 million tonnes each year from next generation aircraft - equivalent to taking 20 million cars off the road around the world. Although new materials such as composites are being increasingly used in aerospace, the initial approach has been to incorporate them within traditional aircraft designs. The industry has yet to take full advantage of the properties that these materials offer to open up radical new design options. It also needs to optimise manufacturing processes to allow structures using these materials to be made cheaply at high production rates. Aircraft manufacturers want better environmental performance to satisfy legislative and public demand.
To be leaner and greener new generations of aerospace vehicles will need to incorporate radically different technologies. This can be achieved by changing the way we design and manufacture wings, engines, structures and advanced systems and equipment, including key helicopter, missile and space technologies. The ideal plan would have a combination of both fundamental and applied research. We invite papers addressing these problems as an actual and important contribution to the state of the art.

Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Kontis
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Aerospace is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • aerodynamic technologies
  • flow and flight control systems
  • shock physics
  • aerospace design and optimization
  • aero-elasticity
  • combustion
  • fuels
  • aerospace propulsion
  • smart materials and structures
  • composite structures and health monitoring
  • aircraft structural integrity
  • energy harvesting
  • advanced space propulsion
  • energy systems for space
  • rotorcraft
  • systems engineering
  • guidance navigation and control
  • air traffic management
  • actuators
  • damping and energy absorption systems
  • crashworthiness

Published Papers (1 paper)

Display options:
Select articles Export citation of selected articles as:
Select/unselect all
Displaying article 1-1
p. 1-17
Aerospace 2014, 1(1), 1-17; doi:10.3390/aerospace1010001
Received: 12 August 2013 / Revised: 25 September 2013 / Accepted: 16 October 2013 / Published: 7 November 2013
Show/Hide Abstract | PDF Full-text (460 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Driving Forward Aerospace Innovation)
Select/unselect all
Displaying article 1-1
Select articles Export citation of selected articles as:

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: On Aircraft Noise at Airports: From Fundamental Aeracoustics to Low-Noise Aircraft Design and Operations
L.M.B.C. Campos
CCTAE (Center for Aeronautical and Space Science and Technology), IST (Instituto Superior Técnico), Lisbon University, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Air traffic is growing at a steady rate of 3 to 7% per year in most regions of the world, implying a doubling every 10-25 years. This requires major advances in aircraft noise reduction at airports, just not to increase the noise exposure due to the increased number of aircraft movements. In fact it can be expected, as a consequence of increased opposition to noise by near airport residents, that the overall noise exposure will have to be reduced, by bans, curfews, fines, and other means and limitations, unless significantly quieter aircraft operations are achieved. The ultimate solution is aircraft operations inaudible outside the airport perimeter, or noise levels below road traffic and other existing local noise sources. These substantial noise reductions cannot come at the expense of a degradation of cruise efficiency, that would affect not just economics and travel time, but would increase fuel consumption and emission of pollutants on a global scale. The paper reviews the: (i) current knowledge of the aircraft noise sources; (ii) the sound propagation in the atmosphere and ground effects that determine the noise annoyance of near-airport residents; (iii) the noise mitigation measures that can be applied to current and future aircraft; (iv) the prospects of evolutionary and novel aircraft designs towards quieter aircraft in the near term and eventually to operations inaudible outside the airport perimeter. The 20 figures and 1 diagram with their legends provide a visual summary of the review

Last update: 23 October 2014

Aerospace EISSN 2226-4310 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert