Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become a key technology in the development of new products in the aeronautical industry. During the last years the aerodynamic design engineers have progressively adapted their way-of-working to take advantage of the possibilities offered by new CFD capabilities based on the solution of the Euler and Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations. Significant improvements in physical modelling and solution algorithms have been as important as the enormous increase of computer power to enable numerical simulations in all stages of aircraft development. In particular, better automation of mesh generation techniques due to unstructured mesh technology and a generalized block-structured grid approach with non-matching and overlapping grids resulted in the ability to predict the flow physics and aerodynamic data of highly complex configurations.
In order to add a major step towards the development of next generation CFD tools with significant improvements in accuracy and efficiency the specific target research project ADIGMA was initiated within the 3rd Call of the 6th European Research Framework Programme. ADIGMA is dedicated to further development and extension of promising algorithms to real world applications by overcoming current limitations and bottlenecks. A number of innovative activities will be undertaken associated with the development of higher-order discretizations in combination with reliable advanced adaptation strategies. With the help of a highly skilled consortium well balanced between upstream research, applied research and aerospace industry, the ADIGMA project is aiming at scientific results and algorithms/methods which are completely novel in an industrial environment. The project will start the second half of 2006 and will last three years. This paper describes the background of this research activity and it gives an overview of the objectives, the planned activities and the expected results.