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Advanced Primary Composites Structures

Objective



Objectives and content

An important challenge is being set by world-wide competition in the development of new low cost and mass airframes. In order to maintain the European share of this market, and in consequence preserve the jobs throughout the industry and supply infrastructure, European industrials must retain their capacity for innovation through the development of new low cost composite technology.

The primary objective of the APRICOS programme has therefore been defined as the demonstration of a 30% life cycle cost saving over conventional metal aircraft. This target contains elements of initial purchase cost, mass saving, maintenance and operational costs. The objective will therefore be achieved by a collaborative exercise to define a certification philosophy, design criteria and cost effective manufacturing technology for a representative element of fuselage structure.

The APRICOS project will be based on a generic composite fuselage. Using new concepts and technologies, pre-development work is proposed: a fuselage panel will be produced after evaluation of materials and technologies. The major steps of the programme are the following:

- Identification of the certification requirements which have to be fulfilled by a composite fuselage and definition of guidelines for the design principles.
- Definition of innovative design principles for a fuselage. - Selection of materials and technologies for the different subcomponents. - Testing of materials and determination of design values. - Development and validation of structural concepts by designing manufacturing and testing subcomponents.
- Definition and production of a demonstrator representative of manufacturing difficulties encountered in a fuselage.
- Evaluation of possible gains by comparative analysis in order to monitor the cost aspects during the development activities.

The APRICOS programme represents a first step along the R & D path required to achieve products in service. By providing initial confidence for the concept of a large composite fuselage it will contribute significantly to the longer term industrial targets.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

AEROSPATIALE MATRA S.A.
Address
316,Route De Bayonne 316
3106 Toulouse
France

Participants (10)

Alenia Aerospazio - Un' Azienda Finmeccanica SpA
Italy
Address
Zona Asi Incoronata
71100 Foggia
BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Warwick House, Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU Farnborough
Construcciones Aeronauticas SA
Spain
Address
S/n,avda. John Lennon
28906 Getafe - Madrid
Dassault Aviation SA
France
Address
78,Quai Marcel-dassault
92214 Saint-cloud
Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH
Germany
Address

81663 München
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA AEROESPACIAL ESTEBAN TERRADAS
Spain
Address
Km 4,Carretera De Ajalvir Km 4
28850 Torrejon De Ardoz
Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaart Laboratorium
Netherlands
Address

8300 AD Emmeloord
SA Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques
Belgium
Address
1470,Chaussée Haecht
1130 Bruxelles
Saab AB
Sweden
Address

581 88 Linköping
Università degli Studi di Reggio Calabria
Italy
Address
Arcavacata Di Rende
87036 Cosenza