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Development and Manufacturing of Intelligent Lightweight Composite Aircraft Container

Objective

Air cargo has experienced tremendous growth. Essential components and open field of technological advancement are air-cargo containers (ULDs) which have not followed the technological advances of aircraft structures and systems. The faced challenges are: reduce ULD and aircraft weight; enhance container fire/smoke detection and suppression; eliminate permanent moving and locking hardware; enhance flight safety, loading/unloading logistics and maintenance. The main goal of the proposal is to develop, manufacture and validate a new intelligent lightweight aircraft cargo container with integrated functions for restrain, transportation, fire/smoke suppression, with sensing and wireless monitoring capabilities. The outlined approach entails development of a full composite ULD, manufactured by low cost, high output methods (pultrusion, RTM). Following common certification practice, a building block approach is employed to design and validate the container. A self-moving platform allowing the motion of the ULD inside and outside the aircraft. Low-cost and low-energy sensors in the container track status (ID, location, locking state) and detect critical events, fire/smoke, impacts and accidental misuse. The status of each container will be available to the pilots though a wireless communication network, such that problems would be detected and proper measures would be taken. Lab-scale and full-scale tests are proposed for the validation of the ULD. Obtained numerical and test data will pave the routes to certification and industrialization. The ambition of the project is to provide a major break-through in the state of the art of current ULD technology and aircraft cargo operations. Substantial impact is anticipated on the CleanSky program, the reduction of aircraft payload and weight, safety, maintenance and lean aircraft operation processes. INTELLICONT will be a game changer for the air-cargo industry with substantial broader impact on air-cargo handling operations.

Coordinator

ABIONIX GKRIS ANONIMI ETAREIA EMPORIA KAI YPIRESIES ILECTRONIKON SISTIMATON
Net EU contribution
€ 324 961,88
Address
Building 46 Spaton Loutsas Athens Intenational Airport
190 19 Spata Loutsa
Greece

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Region
Ανατολική Αττική Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 166 288,12

Participants (6)

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 340 081,88
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras

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Region
Αχαΐα Δυτική Ελλάδα Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 19 793,12
Prisma Electronics ABEE
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 300 011,69
Address
Dimokratias Avenue 87
68100 Alexandroupolis

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Έβρος Aνατολική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 154 213,31
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

PRISMA ELECTRONICS UK LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 8 330,00
Address
George Lane 111a
E18 1AN London

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Region
London Outer London — East and North East Redbridge and Waltham Forest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 3 570,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 383 953,50
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester

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Region
North West (England) Greater Manchester Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 275 680,13
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 141 069,87
ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 366 925,78
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina

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Region
Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 21 355,47