On the way to 3D-printed flap tracks on aircraft wings
Flap track structures control the flaps located on the trailing edge of aircraft wings. The goal of the EU-funded ADDIFLAP project is to develop a new concept of a flap track mechanism that combines a flap track support system manufactured by direct energy deposition with a carriage system based on a sliding pad. The development of the direct energy deposition process will be supported by numerical tools to reduce distortion on the final flap track structure and by online process monitoring and control. Compared to conventional techniques, this additive manufacturing technique should reduce material waste by 60 %. The sliding carriage system is expected to increase the flying hours of the component by a factor of two.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeCS2-IA - Innovation action
2700 Wiener Neustadt
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