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Quantitative inspection of complex composite aeronautic parts using advanced X-ray techniques

Objective

Recent years have seen a rapidly growing demand from aeronautic industry regarding function-oriented, highly integrated, energy-efficient and lightweight structures. In advanced composites a promising material was found, which integrates these characteristics allowing for continuously elevating the complexity of new components concerning shape and internal structure. The consequences of this increasing complexity are tremendously raising efforts in quality control, as conventional nondestructive testing methods are reaching their limits and become either extremely time-consuming or unusable for a full inspection.

QUICOM aims at taking the next big step in the development of aeronautic components by developing a new technology platform of highly detailed inspection methods in combination with advanced composite modeling and simulation. The project generates new concepts and methods based on cutting edge X-ray techniques, which aim to escalate conventional nondestructive techniques in aeronautics on the short run and to replace them on the long run. The QUICOM technology platform will allow a full characterization of all kinds of aeronautic specimens concerning material decomposition and geometric features within short time. The results are integrated into a feedback cycle, to boost composite development in the direction of saving weight without losing the demanded characteristics. In detail the following high level goals are targeted:

**Escalate and replace commonly used NDT techniques (e.g. ultrasonic inspections, micro cuts) by using X-ray computed tomography in aeronautics
**Develop and apply advanced X-ray computed tomography techniques for characterizing aeronautic composites and components
**Provide highly detailed, qualitative and quantitative 3D characterizations of inner and outer structures
**Advanced application specific simulation and modeling of composites materials and parts.

QUICOM is endorsed by EASN, the European aeronautic sciences network.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/radiology/medical imaging/computed tomography

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

FH OO FORSCHUNGS & ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
Address
Roseggerstrasse 15
4600 Wels
Austria
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 574 156
Administrative Contact
Christoph Heinzl (Dr.)

Participants (11)

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 278 510
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniel Vavrik (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 341 000
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Pallikarakis (Prof.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 482 600
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Malevé (Ms.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 147 856,11
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rainer Stoessel (Dr.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 100 012
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holger Temmen (Mr.)
FISCHER ADVANCED COMPOSITE COMPONENTS AG*FACC AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 164 415,98
Address
Fischerstrasse
4910 Ried Im Innkreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helmuth Hoeller (Mr.)
LA COMPOSITE SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 201 967,50
Address
Beranovych 65
199 02 Praha
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petr Prucha (Mr.)
VOLUME GRAPHICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 362 400
Address
Wieblinger Weg 92A
69123 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Günther (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 454 043
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Olivier Hatem (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 512 939,41
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 47 200
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Papadopoulos (Dr.)