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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2017-Two-Stages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACION CIDETEC
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 944 250

Participants (10)

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 856 150
Address
Erwin Schrodinger Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
COEXPAIR SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 369 443,75
Address
Rue Des Entrepreneurs 10
5020 Namur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACIO EURECAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 556 300
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIRECOMPOSITES TEORANTA
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 746 250
Address
Udaras Industrial Estate An Choill Rua
CO. GALWAY Inverin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INGENIERIA Y DESARROLLOS EN COMPOSITE S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 755 660
Address
C/ Albert Einstein 29
01510 Miñano Menor,
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOCIETE NATIONALE DE CONSTRUCTION AEROSPATIALE SONACA SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 858 571,25
Address
Route Nationale Cinq Park Industriel
6041 Gosselies
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 621 125
Address
Panepistemioypole Panepistemio Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALTAIR ENGINEERING FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 389 600
Address
5-8-10 Rue De La Renaissance Centre D'affaires Batiment C
92160 Antony
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 325 162,50
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Activity type
Other