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New Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite Aerostructures manufactured by Out of Autoclave Continuous Automated Technologies

Objective

NHYTE project aims at developing and demonstrating concepts and methodologies enabling the realization of innovative integrated aero-structures, made of a new hybrid thermoplastic matrix composite material with multifunctional capabilities. The high-performing material proposed, based on a commercial PEEK-Carbon Fiber Prepreg with addition of amorphous (PEI) films, answers to the needs to have reduced weight and consequently reduced fuel consumptions and emissions on an aircraft, as well as reduced manufacturing and operational costs. Demonstration aero-structures will be fabricated by an innovative working cell implementing an advanced continuous automated production process, including: automated hybrid material fabrication; manufacturing of skin panels by automated fiber placement in-situ consolidation process; fabrication of stringers by continuous forming; component assembly by induction welding. The innovative material, conceived and patented by a partner of the Consortium, is an example of multifunctional composite, since it returns both functions of toughness improvement (multilayer material) and process simplification. This concept on one side will provide an advantage from the structural point of view, in terms of better impact damage performance; while on the other side major advantages will result on processing simplification, in particular including improved cycle times and lower energy consumptions, since it does not require the use of an autoclave curing phase. As of today, its usage has been limited to fabricate panels, only at laboratory level; hence, a suitable improvement finalized to process in industrial environment is needed. Proposed process techniques and assembly will be the first step towards the industrial application of the innovative material. Consortium has set a target for weight saving not less than 5% for primary structures. Further reduction of full life cycle cost is expected from scrape material and end of life structures recycling.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2016-Two-Stages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NOVOTECH AEROSPACE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SRL
Address
Via Costanzi 3
74024 Manduria (Ta)
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 350 000

Participants (7)

CENTRO DI RICERCHE EUROPEO DI TECNOLOGIE DESIGN E MATERIALI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 585 312,50
Address
Strada Statale 7 Appia Km 706+030 Snc
72100 Cittadella Della Ricerca Brindisi
Activity type
Research Organisations
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 443 125
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LGAI TECHNOLOGICAL CENTER SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 683 292,50
Address
Ronda De La Font Del Carme Sn Bellaterra Campus De La Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 554 440
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEONARDO - SOCIETA PER AZIONI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 1 164 186,25
Address
Piazza Monte Grappa 4
00195 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE SUD
France
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Rue Armand Guillemot 27
56100 Lorient
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments