Innovative thermoplastic composites for next-generation fuselage
The fuselage of the next generation of Large Passenger Aircraft (LPA) is currently being assessed and could take advantage of thermoplastic composites (TPC). Besides their intrinsic properties benefits, TPC have the potential to fill the gap between current and forecasted production rates. However, TPC production faces significant challenges, in particular manufacturing complex geometries of high quality. As an alternative to thermosets, the EU-funded FRAMES project will explore a manufacturing approach for an integral thermoplastic rear-end fuselage with critical design features. The project will rely on an intelligent heating system, efficient manufacturing processes for stiffeners and a self-heated tool, introducing an innovative double-curved and thick skin co-consolidation process, with its entire stiffening structure in one shot.
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Funding SchemeCS2-IA - Innovation action
CB4 0GQ Cambridge