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CreAting NonconventionAl Laminates

Objective

The purpose of the CANAL project is to develop new Non-Conventional Laminate (NCL) configurations using Dry Fibre Placement (DFP) and the establishment of engineering tools to ensure implementation of the technology in the aerospace industry and other industries, such as automotive that can benefit from rapid and cost effective production of complex shaped and high-performance composite parts. Whereas up to now composite laminates usually consist of only 90, 0 and +/-45 degree layers, the development of Automated Fibre Placement technology has opened possibilities to divert from this limiting step in design and manufacturing. Currently, no non-conventional laminates are known to be implemented in the industry, though research has shown promising results in virtual analysis and coupon testing. Variable stiffness laminates with curved fibre paths show an increase in buckling loads, as well as tailoring of natural frequencies for both panels and cylinders. Straight-fibre laminates with dispersed fibre angles show a promise for improved damage tolerance. A so-called AP-PLY multidirectional weave pattern can improve damage tolerance for any stacking sequence. Whereas for large aircraft manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing it almost seems default to use composites and a high level of automated fabrication with e.g. AFP, it is also lucrative for the small aircraft industry and the transport industry in general. Both weight and cost reduction can be achieved using automated composite manufacturing like AFP. Further material cost reduction are achieved through use of dry fibres instead of more costly prepregs, in combination with Liquid Composite Moulding instead of costly autoclave curing. The reduction in weight and cost supported by novel non-conventional design and dry fibre placement and LCM manufacturing technique will further facilitate and speed up the introduction of composite lightweight structures in aerospace and other transport industries.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 588 250
Administrative Contact
Ronald Klomp - De Boer (Mr.)

Participants (8)

DASSAULT AVIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 273 265
Address
9 Rond Point Champs-elysees-marcel Dassault
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrice Bonnet (Mr.)
AIRBUS GROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 195 546
Address
2 Rond-point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Noëllie Maronne (Ms.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 333 151
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
François-Xavier Irisarri (Dr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 322 958
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Malevé (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 257 940
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Middendorf (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 347 739
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan Hol (Mr.)
VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 157 096
Address
Letnany Beranovych 130
19000 Praha 18
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pavlina Lobpreisova (Mrs.)
ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 189 630
Address
Ben Gurion International Airport
70100 Lod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herman Leibovich (Mr.)