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Ecological and Multifunctional Composites for Application in Aircraft Interior and Secondary Structures

Objective

Composites are important materials used in aircrafts due to their excellent mechanical properties combined with relatively low weight enabling the reduction of fuel consumption. Expensive carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) are used in fuselage and wing structures and increasingly replace classic metals. Glass fibre reinforced plastics (GFRP) are mainly used for the interior panels. All these composite materials used in aviation have one thing in common: they are man-made. Renewable materials like bio-fibres and bio-resins are under investigation for a long time for composites but they did not made it into modern aircraft yet.
The project ECO-COMPASS aims to bundle the knowledge of research in China and Europe to develop ecological improved composites for the use in aircraft secondary structures and interior. Therefore bio-based reinforcements, resins and sandwich cores will be developed and optimized for their application in aviation. Furthermore the use of recycled man-made fibres to increase the mechanical strength and multifunctional aspects of bio-composites will be evaluated. To withstand the special stress in aviation environment, protection technologies to mitigate the risks of fire, lightning and moisture uptake will be investigated. An adapted modelling and simulation will enable the optimization of the composite design. Electrical conductive composites for electromagnetic interference shielding and lightning strike protection will be investigated as well. A cradle to grave Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) will be carried out to compare the new eco-composites with the state-of-the-art materials.
8 European partners will be involved in ECO-COMPASS. The duration of the project is three years.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2015_SingleStage-A
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 336 501,25

Participants (7)

AIRBUS
France
EU contribution
€ 280 245
Address
2 Rond Point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 623,75
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 238 716,25
Address
C Gran Capitan, Edifici C1, Campus Nord Upc Sn
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 340 062,50
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 142 500
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 157 911,25
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias 400
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
L - UP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 124 125
Address
Avenue De Friedland 32
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)