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Blastworthy textile-based luggage containers for aviation safety

Objective

"The rise in worldwide terrorism has required measures be taken to harden aircraft against catastrophic in-flight failure due to concealed explosives. Commercial aviation can be protected from the threat of explosives by : 1. preventing explosives from reaching the aircraft 2. mitigating the effects of an explosive protecting the aircraft from an onboard explosion. The risk that a small quantity of an explosive, below the threshold of the detection instruments, could get undetected should be considered, and the introduction of contermeasures to reduce the effects of on-board explosions should be considered. This is the idea behind FLY-BAG. Hardened containers (HULD) have been developed for the latter scope, but have some disadvantages which prevent their wider utilisation: they are heavier and more costly than standard luggage containers and only applicable to wide-body aircrafts. The issue of containing explosions aboard narrow-body aircraft must be resolved. Our concept is based on the development of flexible textile-based luggage containers able to resist a small to medium explosion by controlled expansion and containment of the shock waves whilst, at the same time, preventing hard luggage fragment projectiles (shrapnel) from striking the main structure of the aircraft at high speed. A multi-layered ""soft-sandwich"" structure is required to absorb the large dynamic loads of the explosion and the large deformation related to the gas expansion. Our idea is to use a multi-axial textile structures made of ballistic yarns as an internal high strength layer, coupled with an external ""foldable"" layer which could deform in a controlled way during the explosion, in a way similar to air-bags in cars. Composite elements like thin strips or thin sheets contribute with reinforcement and containment functions. A core layer will be considered as well e standoff distance between an explosive device and the aircraft skin panels to reduce shockholing and blast forces."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

RINA CONSULTING SPA
Address
Via Cecchi 6
16129 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 524 952
Administrative Contact
Donato Zangani (Mr.)

Participants (9)

SAECHSISCHES TEXTILFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT E .V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 235 000
Address
Annabergerstrasse 240
09125 Chemnitz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marion Seidel (Ms.)
BLASTECH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 177 049,39
Address
Portobello 217 The Innovation Centre
S1 4DP Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ross Mcmaster (Mr.)
CENTRO DI RICERCHE EUROPEO DI TECNOLOGIE DESIGN E MATERIALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 331 875
Address
Strada Statale 7 Appia Km 706+030 Snc
72100 Cittadella Della Ricerca Brindisi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stefano De Riccardis (Dr.)
HOFFMANN AIR CARGO EQUIPMENT

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 60 326,09
Address
Pfingstweide 27
61169 Friedberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Reinhard Neumann (Mr.)
CARMEL CARGO NETWORK BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 76 969,46
Address
Laurens Jzn Costerstraat 15
3261LH Oud Beijerland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alex Carmel (Mr.)
MERIDIANA S.p.A
Italy
Address
Aeroporto Costa Smeralda
07026 Olbia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luca Ragnedda (Mr.)
Meridiana Maintenance S.p.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 101 656
Address
Centro Direzionale Aeroporto Costa Smeralda
07026 Olbia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cesare Ravaglia (Dr.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 369 964,06
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helen Vagner Jorgensen (Ms.)
APC COMPOSIT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 303 000
Address
Karlsviksvagen 81
97594 Lulea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anton Lindgren (Mr.)