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Increasing resource efficiency of aviation through implementation of ALM technology and bionic design in all stages of an aircraft life cycle

Objective

Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) processes can significantly contribute to the demanding task within the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.
The unique manufacturing process of ALM technologies promises great weight saving potential, due to the possibility to produce bionically optimized lightweight structures of high complexity in a resource efficient way with a material exploitation of >90%. Airbus envisions completely new types of aircrafts, inspired by biomimetic, which will only be manufacturable by a broad application of ALM. Unfortunately, the design process as well as manufacturing process itself is time consuming and expensive, limiting the applicability in the aerospace industry. To overcome these barriers and to be able to exploit the potential ALM offers to reduce emissions along the entire life-cycle of an aircraft, the following developments are planned:
• automated ALM design process to significantly reduce time and costs for bionic lightweight design
• energy efficient and highly productive ALM process with innovative beam shaping optics to lower costs of manufacturing and reduce emissions during manufacturing
• new high strength ALM aluminium material to increase the lightweight potential of ALM structures
• integrity system for complex ALM parts for integrity check and avoidance of deficient parts
• innovative NDT and repair methods for highly complex ALM parts to increase service life
• recycling method for ALM parts to avoid disposal
• innovative after sales supply chain based on ALM to reduce emission for spare parts production and logistics
With these developments, the project will raise the potential of ALM-technology and biomimetic design methodologies and will reduce the impact of aviation on the environment along the entire product-life-cycle of an airplane (Design & Product Development; Manufacturing; Operation; Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul; Recycling; Disposal)

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2015_TwoStages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 119 684,06

Participants (10)

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 598 375
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEKNA PLASMA EUROPE
France
EU contribution
€ 760 446,25
Address
200 Boulevard De La Resistance
71000 Macon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENIT AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 731 936,29
Address
Industriestrasse 52-54
70565 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 095 637,50
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HEXAGON METROLOGY SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 990 000
Address
Via Vittime Di Piazza Loggia 6
10024 Moncalieri
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HEXAGON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Heinrich-wild-strasse 201
9435 Heerbrugg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENLYTE LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 55 732,90
Address
15 Doverdale Drive
GL2 0NN Gloucester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 89 250
Address
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Activity type
Other
LZN LASER ZENTRUM NORD GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Am Schleusengraben 14
21029 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)