ROME, May 24 (UPI) -- Research in integrated and innovative helicopter structure composites and aerodynamics is to be performed by Leonardo-Finmeccanica and NTU Singapore.
The collaboration agreement between the Italian-based company and Nanyang Technological University was signed in Rome following a memorandum of understanding earlier this year.
"This agreement is an exciting opportunity for Leonardo-Finmeccanica to expand the scope of its activities in Singapore, a strategic country where we are fully committed to strengthen a long-term partnership, not just for helicopters but also in other sectors," said Mauro Moretti, Leonardo-Finmeccanica chief executive officer and general manager. "Each year Leonardo-Finmeccanica invests 11 percent of its revenues in research and development and we are very happy to have the opportunity to sign with NTU an agreement that will contribute to Leonardo-Finmeccanica's commitment to advanced R&D and to NTU's reputation as Singapore's leading center for aerospace."
Leonardo-Finmeccanica said the collaboration will seek to further technology opportunities in the rapidly evolving rotary-wing sector, where changes are characterized by the progress in composite materials, reduction in hydraulics and dynamic components and growing efficiency in industrial processes.
Joint projects could include research in innovative methods to advance the manufacturing of Leonardo-Finmeccanica products through the use of new composite materials.
The collaboration will also expand aerodynamics research modeling, which can potentially improve overall flight performance.
"NTU's collaborations with leading industry players like Leonardo-Finmeccanica are crucial for successful translation of university research into commercial applications," said NTU Chief of Staff and Vice-President of Research Professor Lam Khin Yong. "NTU's mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty will work with engineers from Leonardo-Finmeccanica to research and develop new aerodynamics and manufacturing technologies that can be used in next-generation helicopters and aircraft."