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High quality curved aerospace composites using pultrusion manufacturing

Objective

The main goal of PUL-AERO is the development of a material state based controlled pultrusion process for the manufacturing of curved and partially cured stringers that comply with the stringent specifications of the aerospace industry and offer significant savings in production costs.
PUL-AERO will design and build a pultrusion line for the production of linear and curved composite stringers for the aerospace industry.
The main disadvantages of the pultrusion process is the difficulty in producing curved parts and the difficulty in handling aerospace grade epoxy resins, mainly due to the relevant stringent requirements regarding exposure to elevated temperatures and their slow cure (which results in slow pultrusion line speed)..
PUL-AERO aims to resolve the technical problems of pultrusion when it comes to production of curved aerospace composites parts and take advantage of the benefits of the process. The main benefits of the pultrusion process are the possibility for continuous production, the repeatability of the process and the low production costs (calculated as cost per meter of composite produced).
PUL-AERO will create production processes and technologies with a focus on improved cost efficiency while taking into account the environmental related aspects. The pultrusion line will be split in two stages, adding flexibility to the manufacturing of stringers with different curvatures and improving the cost effectiveness of the production. The whole process will be driven and monitored by a process monitoring and QA system that will provide real time information and control of the line.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

FIBREFORCE COMPOSITES LTD
Address
Fairoak Lane Whitehouse
WA7 3DU Runcorn
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 216 100
Administrative Contact
John Hartley (Dr.)

Participants (5)

ADVANCES & INNOVATION IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING CO EE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 234 465
Address
Odos Gymnasiarchou Madia 17
82100 Chios
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
George Maistros (Dr.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 740
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alex Skordos (Dr.)
ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
Israel
EU contribution
€ 157 925
Address
Ben Gurion International Airport
70100 Lod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nitzan Galpaz (Mr.)
ISOJET EQUIPEMENTS SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 118 492
Address
Boulevard Des Nations 14
69960 Corbas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henri-Pierre Hiblot (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 254 675
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Adam Coventry (Mr.)