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Full barrel composite fuselage

Full barrel composite fuselage

Objective

The FUBACOMP project aims to improve operational efficiencies in the small civil/business/tilt rotor/helicopter sectors by:
1) Increased fuel economy through reduced airframe mass as a result of the introduction of full barrel composite fuselage components.
2) Reduced lifecycle costs through improved fatigue performance versus metallic structure, reduced routine inspection and minimal parts inventory.

The Fibre Placement automated composite process and an associated design will deliver a unitised structure eliminating most of the mechanical joints further improving the composite benefits. The primary project aims are to: Evaluate unique structural concepts for fully integrated composite barrel structure, develop a European capability in Fibre Placement and associated engineering knowledge validating the technology by the testing of a small diameter section (the first of its kind to be manufactured in Europe), and the creation of potential market opportunities for European suppliers.

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Coordinator

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD

Address

Warton Aerodrome
Pr4 1ax Preston

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Terence COLEMAN (Mr)

Participants (7)

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BRUNEL UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

CENTRE D'ESSAIS AERONAUTIQUE DE TOULOUSE

France

DASSAULT AVIATION S.A.

France

EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

EUROCOPTER S.A.S.

France

GIE EADS CCR

France

THE ADVANCED COMPOSITES GROUP LTD.

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2001-00496

  • Start date

    1 September 2001

  • End date

    30 April 2006

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 277 978

  • EU contribution

    € 5 399 559

Coordinated by:

BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LTD

United Kingdom