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IMPROVING THE AIRCRAFT SAFETY BY SELF HEALING STRUCTURE AND PROTECTING NANOFILLERS

Objective

Inspection and Maintenance are important aspects when considering the availability of aircraft for revenue flights. Modern airframe design is exploiting new exciting developments in materials and structures to construct ever more efficient air vehicle able to enable ‘smart’ maintenance including self-repair capabilities. The improvement in the aircraft safety by self-healing structures and protecting nanofillers is a revolutionary approach that should lead to the creation of novel generation of multifunctional aircraft materials with strongly desired properties and design flexibilities. In recent years, the development of new nanostructured materials has enabled an evolving shift from single purpose materials to multifunctional systems that can provide greater value than the base materials alone; these materials possess attributes beyond the basic strength and stiffness that typically drive the science and engineering of the material for structural systems. Structural materials can be designed to have integrated electrical, electromagnetic, flame resistance, regenerative ability and possibly other functionalities that work in synergy to provide advantages that reach beyond that of the sum of the individual capabilities. Materials of this kind have tremendous potential to impact future structural performance by reducing size, weight, cost, power consumption and complexity while improving efficiency, safety and versatility. Actually, also a very advanced design of an aircraft has to take required inspection intervals into account. An aircraft with inherent protective and smart abilities could help to significantly extend the inspection intervals, thereby increasing aircraft availability. The main objective of this EASN endorsed proposal is to develop and apply a multifunctional autonomically healing composite for aeronautic applications. The multifunctional composite systems will be developed with the aim of overcoming serious drawbacks of the composite materials.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
Address
Via Giovanni Paolo Ii 132
84084 Fisciano Sa
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 533 292
Administrative Contact
Liberata Guadagno (Prof.)

Participants (9)

EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 153 800
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Papadopoulos (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 252 400
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Spiros Pantelakis (Prof.)
VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 146 500
Address
Letnany Beranovych 130
19000 Praha 18
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pavlina Lobpreisova (Mr.)
ALENIA AERMACCHI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 107 969
Address
Piazza Monte Grappa 4
00195 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Salvatore Russo (Dr.)
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 217 729
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Federico Tammaro (Mr.)
MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 327 604
Address
Universitaetsplatz 10
6108 Halle (Saale)
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Köhne (Dr.)
CARBURES EUROPE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 178 900
Address
Calle Ingenierias - Parcela 4
11500 El Puerto De Santa Maria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Agustin Moreno (Mr.)
MATERIA NOVA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 252 100
Address
Avenue N Copernic 3
7000 Mons
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luc Langer (Dr.)
NANO 4 SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 226 972
Address
Avenue Nicolas Copernic 1
7000 Mons
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eusebiu Grivei (Dr.)