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An Advanced Structural Integrity System for Air Transport Composites using NDT Evaluation and Damage Tolerance Methods

Objective

There is a huge industrial and innovative need for more efficient and reliable damage inspection as well as for reducing the time and cost for aircraft infrastructure maintenance and especially C and D Checks without compromising the safety of passengers and goods transported. This reduction would increase the value for money for the European aerospace industries. Moreover, airline companies will be able to reduce their tickets’ prices and make air travel more affordable to European citizens. Last but not least, this reduction can potentially release new investments and funds to explore aircraft innovative designs and technologies. For these reasons, there is an urgent need for improving structural maintenance efficiency that will ensure not only the safe air transport of European citizens, goods and military operations but will also promote the sustainable growth of the fastest mean of transport in a tough economic era. The TRACE-IT project is focused upon the development of an innovative inspection system, with automated and manual capabilities, for any type of composite aircraft structures. The structural integrity system is comprised by two parts: a qualified PA method attached to a mobile manipulating system, and a DT (Damage Tolerance) assessment technique processed on a computer. The results from the PA technique will be used as inputs to perform a DT numerical analysis for the inspected component. Eventually, the results from the PA technique as well as the results from the DT analysis will be available, to the inspector, in a simple Graphical User Interface (GUI). Consequently, an average skilled inspector will be able to take more appropriate and cost efficient maintenance actions (e.g. component repair or complete substitution) than today’s inspection procedures.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
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Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Greece
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 48 670
Administrative Contact
Eleni Cheilakou (Dr.)

Participants (10)

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France
EU contribution
€ 70 866,75
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Rue De Conde 9
33064 Bordeaux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joël Leveque (Mr.)
EXIS INNOVATION LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 161 878,25
Address
Unit 1 The Cam Centre Wilbury Way
SG4 0TW Hitchin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charis Kourousia (Mrs.)
I & T NARDONI INSTITUTE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 245 878,50
Address
Via Della Cascina Pontevica 21
25010 Brescia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefania Modonesi (Ms.)
NEMETSCHEK EOOD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 224 605
Address
Industrialna 11
1202 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lyuba Filipova (Mrs.)
AEROHELICE - SOCIEDADE DE MANUTENCAO E REVISAO GERAL DE HELICES, LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 212 705
Address
Rua Principal 2
2580 552 Alenquer
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joaquim Venancio (Mr.)
DYNAWAVE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 32 000
Address
St John Street 145-147
EC1V 4PW London
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Margherita (Mrs.)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 29 560
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João Paulo De Figueiredo Duarte (Mr.)
AEROTRON RESEARCH ASTIKI ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 32 000
Address
Lykourgou 5-7
17563 Paleo Faliro
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Theodoros Spathopoulos (Dr.)
TRANSPORTES AEREOS PORTUGUESES SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 31 500
Address
Edificio 25 Do Aeroporto De Lisboa
1700 008 Lisboa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nuno Soares (Mr.)
HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 32 336,50
Address
Mesogeion Street 2-4
11527 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charalampos Vangelatos (Mr.)