Development of the Next Generation Civil Tiltrotor

Leonardo’s Product Roadmap and the Associated Design Challenges. The Multi-Disciplinary Requirements of Tiltrotor & Other Lightweighting Studies.

This is a keynote presentation from the UK Altair Technology Conference 2019 by David Matthew, Lead Engineer at Leonardo. David joined Westland Helicopters as an undergraduate trainee in 1990, studying Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College and joining the Stress Office following graduation. Since then, David has worked within the airframe structure system group on a range of military and civil helicopter projects including the AW101 and AW189 helicopters, becoming a lead specialist in fatigue and damage tolerance, structural analysis, testing, and qualification. On the AW189 project, he led the analysis and qualification activities from preliminary design through to certification.

For the last year, David has been the Structures Lead Engineer for the Next Generation Civil Tilt Rotor project. This is a collaborative research project, which is part of the European Union Clean Sky 2 programme. This project is to develop technologies to support a large tiltrotor aircraft and to demonstrate these on a test demonstrator aircraft.