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Ageformable panels for commercial aircraft

Objective

This project aims at 1-reduction of aircraft procurement costs, with the target of contributing to the reduction of production costs by 35% and development time by 15 to 30% 2-improvement of the efficiency and performance of aircraft, by reducing fuel consumption of 20%. This project will develop and validate intelligent, cost-effective and flexible manufacturing methodologies in support of advanced airframe assembly concepts by introducing age forming for manufacturing of structural components. These components include lower wing skin, fuselage panels, complex-shaped parts (in particular integrally stiffened panels), larger complex integral subassemblies joined by friction stir welding prior to forming . The project will also exploit the properties of advanced materials through the development of age formable alloys and tempers. 5 partners (3 aircraft manufacturers) from 4 countries will cover all the knowledge necessary.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

PECHINEY CENTRE DE RECHERCHE DE VOREPPE
Address
Rue Aristide Bergès 725
38340 Voreppe
France

Participants (5)

AIRBUS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
New Filton House, Filton
Bristol
ALENIA AERONAUTICA SPA
Italy
Address
Viale Dell'aeronautica
80038 Pomigliano D'arco
DASSAULT AVIATION SA
France
Address
Rond-point Des Champs-elysees - Marcel Dassault 9
Paris
SA BELGE DE CONSTRUCTIONS AERONAUTIQUES S.A.
Belgium
Address
1470,Chaussee De Haecht 1470
1130 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester