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Full barrel composite fuselage

Objective

The FUBACOMP project aims to improve operational efficiencies in the small civil/business/tilt rotor/helicopter sectors by:
1) Increased fuel economy through reduced airframe mass as a result of the introduction of full barrel composite fuselage components.
2) Reduced lifecycle costs through improved fatigue performance versus metallic structure, reduced routine inspection and minimal parts inventory.

The Fibre Placement automated composite process and an associated design will deliver a unitised structure eliminating most of the mechanical joints further improving the composite benefits. The primary project aims are to: Evaluate unique structural concepts for fully integrated composite barrel structure, develop a European capability in Fibre Placement and associated engineering knowledge validating the technology by the testing of a small diameter section (the first of its kind to be manufactured in Europe), and the creation of potential market opportunities for European suppliers.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD
Address
Warton Aerodrome
PR4 1AX Preston
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
CENTRE D'ESSAIS AERONAUTIQUE DE TOULOUSE
France
Address
Avenue Henri Guillaumet 23
31056 Toulouse
DASSAULT AVIATION S.A.
France
Address
Quai Marcel-dassault 78
92214 Saint Cloud
EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address
Industriestrasse 4
86603 Donauworth
EUROCOPTER S.A.S.
France
Address
Aeroport International Marseille
13725 Marignane
GIE EADS CCR
France
Address
Boulevard De Montmorency 37
75781 Paris
THE ADVANCED COMPOSITES GROUP LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Composites House Sinclair Close Heanor Gate Indust
DE75 7SP Heanor - Derbyshire