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Bond assisted single step assembly of aircraft structural components

Objective

This project aims at improving the "affordability" of aircraft by reducing recurring cost and non-recurring lead-time of components assembly. The BASSA "lean-manufacturing" concept will reduce the number of process steps. A room temperature curing adhesive with corrosion protection properties will be applied in a one-step assembly process. Parts are fixed by bonding and then drilled and joint with fasteners without disassembly and de-burring. This enables reduction and simplification of tooling. The strength of the bonded joint may lead to additional savings by reducing the number of fasteners. The process will be developed for application in three large families of structures: metal airfoils (e.g. control surfaces) , metal fuselage panels (shells) , and composite structures. Qualification will be performed on small-scale test specimen.

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Coordinator

STORK FOKKER AESP BV

Address

Industrieweg 4
3350 Aa Papendrecht

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

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Participants (12)

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AB GAM GRUPO SEGULA TECHNOLOGIES

Spain

CERTIM

France

DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Netherlands

ELIGIO RE FRASCHINI S.P.A

Italy

FIBERTECNIC

Spain

GAMESA DESARROLLOS AERONAUTICOS S.A.

Spain

MANUFAX ENGINEERING LIMITED

United Kingdom

MONTAJES AERONAUTICOS S.A

Spain

SONACA SA

Belgium

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

THRESHOLD INSPECTION AND APPLICATION TRAINING EUROPE BV

Netherlands

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: G4RD-CT-2002-00841

  • Start date

    1 January 2003

  • End date

    31 December 2005

Funded under:

FP5-GROWTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 754 419

  • EU contribution

    € 2 377 208

Coordinated by:

STORK FOKKER AESP BV

Netherlands