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Adaptive Multifunctional Test Rigs for Aeronautical Structures

Project description

A flight path for faster innovation

Aircraft development is a time-consuming and capital-intensive process. The ability to slash the time-to-market duration and eliminating the need for multiple multifunctional testing benches is crucial. In this context, the EU-funded AMTRAS project, under Clean Sky 2, will introduce innovative multifunctional test rigs with high-performance instrumentation, multishape capability, and advanced testing methods. By addressing the pressing need for shorter cycles of technology integration in the aviation market, AMTRAS will offer flexibility, accuracy, and efficiency in design, testing, validation, certification, and manufacturing processes. Overall, the project will contribute to maintaining and extending industrial leadership in aviation. This ground-breaking project will pave the way for a more agile and efficient aviation industry, revolutionising the path to meet market demands for faster innovation.


CleanSky2 has addressed the development of new aircraft concepts and architectures including new materials and manufacturing. In this respect, Adaptive Multifunctional Test Rigs for Aeronautical Structures (AMTRAS project) will contribute to the CleanSky2 objectives with the development of innovative multifunctional Test Rigs, with high performance instrumentation and multishape capability ready to test structural behaviour of new materials (panels) and full-scale demonstrators (Tail unit)
To achieve flexibility with multiaxiality and asynchronous loading conditions, AMTRAS will be built by:
• A flexible parallel system based on hydraulic actuators.
• Machine Vision based Non-contact deformation monitoring and measurement system
• Non-Destructive Testing based on IR Thermography for the detection of structural defects
The flexibility and accuracy provided by AMTRAS Test Rigs will contribute to time-to-market minimization, reducing the time span from concept to validated design. This is line with the topic JTI-CS2-2016-CPF03-AIR-02-22 since preparation and assembly of different multifunctional testing benches will no longer be necessary. In addition, AMTRAS contributes to one of the targeted achievements for defined in Challenge 2 “Maintaining and extending industrial leadership” FlightPath 2050 Goals in the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of ACARE (Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe). According to the SRIA, innovation in aviation is complex, capital intensive and takes time, typically, 15 years can elapse between the generation of a concept and technology being fully developed for a specific application on the next generation of air vehicles. However, market demands shorter cycles of new technology integration, therefore greater efficiency in processes (design, test, validation, certification, manufacture) is demanded to facilitate faster and more frequent introduction of innovations addressing market needs.


Net EU contribution
€ 349 375,00
36410 Porrino

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Noroeste Galicia Pontevedra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 349 375,00