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ThermoformAble, repaIrable and bondable smaRt ePOXY based composites for aero structures

Objective

With strong growly rates of 13% in the aero sector, and demands predicted to be doubled by 2032, carbon composites (CC) are under the spotlight. CC production requires a quick ramp-up that needs to be based on robust materials & processes and a solid manufacturing supply chain, where higher production rates and cost reduction are essential. The aim of AIRPOXY is to reduce production & MRO costs of CC parts in aeronautics by introducing a new family of enhanced composites that preserve all the advantages of conventional thermosets, while showing new unprecedented features such as Re-processability, Reparability and Recyclability. This will be possible through further development & validation of a family of ground-breaking thermoset resins (recently invented/patented by CID) including dynamic bonds which enable such smart behaviour. Conversion of the technology from TRL3 to 5 will be achieved in AIRPOXY, through 2 representative demonstrators of aircraft panels. Thermoforming processes previously unthinkable for thermosets will reduce manufacturing cost of CC parts by35% vs autoclave, reducing processing times from hours to minutes. Faster/cheaper repair technologies, in combination with SHM, will reduce significantly MRO costs. Additionally, a novel welding process will reduce CC bonding costs by up to 50%. Such new features will foster competitiveness & sustainability in the European aeronautics sector. AIRPOXY relies on a multidisciplinary consortium of 11 partners from 6 countries; CID as resin inventor, key technology providers IVW (thermoforming & welding), EUT(RTM), COEX(SQRTM), UOI(SHM); AEF (process simulation software), aircraft components manufacturers (EIRE, IDEC, SON), standardization experts (UNE) & an aeroconsultancy (ART). They will be supported by a strong advisory board (AIRBUS, Leonardo, Huntsman, SGL and EREA). Maximum impact of AIRPOXY will be ensured through well-balanced dissemination, communication and exploitation activities.
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FUNDACION CIDETEC

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Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
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Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 944 250

Participants (10)

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INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 856 150

COEXPAIR SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 369 443,75

FUNDACIO EURECAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 556 300

EIRECOMPOSITES TEORANTA

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 746 250

INGENIERIA Y DESARROLLOS EN COMPOSITE S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 755 660

SOCIETE NATIONALE DE CONSTRUCTION AEROSPATIALE SONACA SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 858 571,25

PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 621 125

ALTAIR ENGINEERING FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 389 600

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 325 162,50

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 769274

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2018

  • End date

    28 February 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 497 512,50

  • EU contribution

    € 6 497 512,50

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION CIDETEC

Spain