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Ageformable panels for commercial aircraft

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2002-00743

  • Start date

    1 May 2002

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 127 685

  • EU contribution

    € 1 759 693

Coordinated by:

PECHINEY CENTRE DE RECHERCHE DE VOREPPE

France

Objective

This project aims at 1-reduction of aircraft procurement costs, with the target of contributing to the reduction of production costs by 35% and development time by 15 to 30% 2-improvement of the efficiency and performance of aircraft, by reducing fuel consumption of 20%. This project will develop and validate intelligent, cost-effective and flexible manufacturing methodologies in support of advanced airframe assembly concepts by introducing age forming for manufacturing of structural components. These components include lower wing skin, fuselage panels, complex-shaped parts (in particular integrally stiffened panels), larger complex integral subassemblies joined by friction stir welding prior to forming . The project will also exploit the properties of advanced materials through the development of age formable alloys and tempers. 5 partners (3 aircraft manufacturers) from 4 countries will cover all the knowledge necessary.

Coordinator

PECHINEY CENTRE DE RECHERCHE DE VOREPPE

Address

Rue Aristide BergÈS 725
38340 Voreppe

France

Participants (5)

AIRBUS UK LIMITED

United Kingdom

ALENIA AERONAUTICA SPA

Italy

DASSAULT AVIATION SA

France

SA BELGE DE CONSTRUCTIONS AERONAUTIQUES S.A.

Belgium

UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2002-00743

  • Start date

    1 May 2002

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 127 685

  • EU contribution

    € 1 759 693

Coordinated by:

PECHINEY CENTRE DE RECHERCHE DE VOREPPE

France