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COMPROME — Result In Brief

Project ID: 502900
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE
Country: Greece

Enhanced control of aerospace parts manufacturing

EU-funded scientists developed process control technology for the manufacture of aerospace components. The system supports numerous related processes for enhanced flexibility and marketability.
Enhanced control of aerospace parts manufacturing
Composites are materials formed of more than one compound such that the unique combined properties are even better than the ‘sum’ of the individual ones. They have become very important in manufacturing components in which a combination of high strength and light weight is desirable – such as in the aeronautics, automobile and satellite sectors.

Typically, a liquid reactant such as a resin or a polymer is introduced into a mould containing reinforcing fibres. After cooling and setting, the part is removed from the mould. Liquid composite moulding (LCM) technologies are quite promising for the production of high-quality and cost-effective components for the aerospace industry. However, their utilisation in mass production strategies has been limited by the lack of a global integrated process control (IPC) system applicable to a wide range of LCM processes.

A European consortium sought to fill this gap and facilitate fabrication of large, complex parts free of bonds and joints with EU funding of the ‘Monitoring, optimisation and control of liquid composite moulding processes’ (Comprome) project. Scientists built on existing process knowledge and the use of a multi-channel monitoring system with integrated sensors. They delivered global IPC technology promoting closed mould processing techniques for lower environmental impact.

The revolutionary Comprome system enables control of numerous LCM technologies to produce light-weight, safe and cost-effective composite aerospace components without joints and bonds.

Commercialisation of Comprome technology should support the use of LCM processes in mass production of components for the aerospace industry as well as for the automobile, train and boat industries.

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