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Boltless assembling Of Primary Aerospace Composite Structures

Objective

"The main challenge of the BOPACS project is to reduce the weight and costs of primary aerospace structures by developing bolt free adhesive bonded joints that comply with the airworthiness requirements.

Until today thin walled composite primary aerospace structures are joined by using a large number of fasteners. Bolt free joining would considerably contribute to the weight and cost reduction of aerospace structures.

Within BOPACS target applications will be selected that are commonly used in today’s aerospace primary structures and where adhesive bonding might advantageously replace conventional riveting / fastening. Based on these target application bolt free adhesive bonded joining methods will be developed that comply with the EASA airworthiness requirements.


Contrary to projects focusing on the development of non destructive techniques for the inspection of weak bonds, BOPACS proposes arigorous road map to certification by developing Means of Comply based on:

• Thorough research, beyond the state of the art, into the crack growth / disbond extension mechanisms in adhesively bonded joints.
• Design, analysis, testing and assessment of different categories of crack stopping design features, i.e. features that are capable of preventingcracks or disbonds from growing above a predefined acceptable size, with a joint still capable of carrying the limit load.

The project results and certification issues will be reviewed on a regular base by EASA representatives through the Airbus certification department."

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 657 750
Administrative Contact
J.H. Halm (Mr.)

Participants (13)

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN AERONAUTIQUE ASBL - CENAERO
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 266 043,75
Address
Batiment Eole, 1Er Étage - Rue Des Frères Wright 29
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Nawrocki (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 322 560
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Lani (Dr.)
SOCIETE ANONYME BELGE DE CONSTRUCTIONS AERONAUTIQUES-S.A.B.C.A.
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 230 600
Address
Chaussee De Haecht 1470
1130 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kathy Vekemans (Ms.)
VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 261 896,50
Address
Letnany Beranovych 130
19000 Praha 18
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pavlína Lobpreisová (Ms.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 445 412,50
Address
Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Felicitas Kutz (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 406 070
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Middendorf (Prof.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 372 919,50
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anton Riedl (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 289 800
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Konstantinos Tserpes (Prof.)
ZURCHER HOCHSCHULE FUR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 367 700
Address
Gertrudstrasse 15
8401 Winterthur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gregor Peikert (Mr.)
SHORT BROTHERS PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 243 292,50
Address
Airport Road, Queens Island
BT3 9DZ Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gary Connery (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 338 448,75
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 232 660
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holger Temmen (Mr.)
FUNDACION PARA LA INVESTIGACION, DESARROLLO Y APLICACION DE MATERIALES COMPUESTOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 161 089,50
Address
Avda Rita Levi Montalcini (Tecnogetafe) 29
28906 Getafe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Félix Ruiz Del Hoyo (Mr.)