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Electron Beam Curing to Optimize Performances and to Reduce Costs of Composites for Transportation Equipment Industry

Objective



Objectives and content

In the realm of world competition in transportation equipment industry, lightweight materials are one of the keys to reinforce competitiveness of European industry.

One of the most promising routes is the use of the composite materials. However, a significant improvement is still necessary for their manufacturing method, to reduce their costs and to increase their applicability range.
A new and very promising alternative method of composite curing (the last operation in composite manufacturing, to polymerize its resin matrix) has been developed: electron beam curing. This method has been industrially implemented for space & defense applications. Cost savings and proper final material properties were evidenced.

This project will demonstrate the quality improvements and costs savings to be expected in trains, marine and aeronautic applications through an experimental and manufacturing demonstration programme.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

AEROSPATIALE MATRA SA
Address

33165 Saint-médard-en-jalles
France

Participants (8)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
49,Pontstraße 49
52062 Aachen
AUSTRIAN RESEARCH CENTERS SIEBERDORF
Austria
Address

2444 Seibersdorf
Daimler-Benz AG
Germany
Address

81663 München
EUROCOPTER S.A.S.
France
Address
Aeroport International Marseille
13725 Marignane
Hexcel SA
France
Address
Z.i. Les Nappes
38630 Les Avenieres
Intermarine SpA - Gruppo Montedison
Italy
Address
Localita Ca' Del Sale Strada Alta
19038 Sarzana La Spezia
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
Teknikringen 56-58
100 44 Stockholm
UNION CHIMIQUE BELGE SA
Belgium
Address
33,Anderlechtstraat 33
1620 Drogenbos