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New Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite Aerostructures manufactured by Out of Autoclave Continuous Automated Technologies

New Hybrid Thermoplastic Composite Aerostructures manufactured by Out of Autoclave Continuous Automated Technologies

Objective

NHYTE project aims at developing and demonstrating concepts and methodologies enabling the realization of innovative integrated aero-structures, made of a new hybrid thermoplastic matrix composite material with multifunctional capabilities. The high-performing material proposed, based on a commercial PEEK-Carbon Fiber Prepreg with addition of amorphous (PEI) films, answers to the needs to have reduced weight and consequently reduced fuel consumptions and emissions on an aircraft, as well as reduced manufacturing and operational costs. Demonstration aero-structures will be fabricated by an innovative working cell implementing an advanced continuous automated production process, including: automated hybrid material fabrication; manufacturing of skin panels by automated fiber placement in-situ consolidation process; fabrication of stringers by continuous forming; component assembly by induction welding. The innovative material, conceived and patented by a partner of the Consortium, is an example of multifunctional composite, since it returns both functions of toughness improvement (multilayer material) and process simplification. This concept on one side will provide an advantage from the structural point of view, in terms of better impact damage performance; while on the other side major advantages will result on processing simplification, in particular including improved cycle times and lower energy consumptions, since it does not require the use of an autoclave curing phase. As of today, its usage has been limited to fabricate panels, only at laboratory level; hence, a suitable improvement finalized to process in industrial environment is needed. Proposed process techniques and assembly will be the first step towards the industrial application of the innovative material. Consortium has set a target for weight saving not less than 5% for primary structures. Further reduction of full life cycle cost is expected from scrape material and end of life structures recycling.
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Coordinator

NOVOTECH AEROSPACE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SRL

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Via Costanzi 3
74024 Manduria (Ta)

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 350 000

Participants (7)

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CENTRO DI RICERCHE EUROPEO DI TECNOLOGIE DESIGN E MATERIALI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 585 312,50

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 443 125

LGAI TECHNOLOGICAL CENTER SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 683 292,50

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 554 440

LEONARDO - SOCIETA PER AZIONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 164 186,25

EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE SUD

France

EU Contribution

€ 350 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 723309

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2017

  • End date

    30 April 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 250 356,25

  • EU contribution

    € 5 250 356,25

Coordinated by:

NOVOTECH AEROSPACE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SRL

Italy