The objective is to reduce the operating costs of relevant European aerospace products by 15%, through the cost effective application of carbon fibre composites to aircraft primary structure, taking into account systems integration. The project will seek to reduce aircraft operating costs by realizing the weight saving potential of composite materials, by reducing the manufacturing costs of composite components, and by reducing maintenance costs. This project will include new design concepts and methods that exploit the full potential of these materials, as well as novel manufacturing and assembly processes. The project will integrate and validate mature and new composite technologies through the design, manufacture and test of appropriate wing and fuselage assemblies that represent both airliner and business jet products.The project will be organized into four technical platforms: The Airliner Wing platform covers inner wing and centre box of a large civil airliner, focusing on the centre box to lateral wing root joint, the landing gear and pylon integration and the highly loaded, complex curvature lower cover. The Airliner Fuselage platform addresses key fuselage challenges and complex design features, including large cut-outs and large damages in curved panels, keel beam and landing gear load introduction, tyre impact damage, post-buckling and elementary crash analysis. The Business Jet Wing platform focuses on reducing cost by combining parts into an integrated wing structure, includes architecture studies to identify the best wing joint configuration. The Business Jet Fuselage platform studies double curved rear fuselage with sandwich shell concept and VTP/HTP and engine integration. A Project Management and Training platform will integrate the technical activities and ensure a coordinated approach to generic tasks such as knowledge capture, dissemination and exploitation.
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Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project