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MULTIFUNCTIONAL LAYERS FOR SAFER AIRCRAFT COMPOSITES STRUCTURES

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 213267

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 433 611,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 007 603

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

Objective

The use of composite materials in aeronautics industry has increased constantly over the last 35 years, due mainly to their high specific strength and stiffness combined with the possibility of designing complex geometry components that are more aerodynamically efficient than metals. But due to organic nature of polymeric matrix component, composite materials are electrically and thermally bad conductors and they tend to burn easily, emitting toxic gases and smoke. For that, they require affordable, effective and certifiable protection systems against atmospheric hazards such as icing, as well as fire and burning in case of accidents. Moreover, improved in field inspection techniques are required with the increased use of composite materials. Current technologies address those issues separately; ice protection is usually performed by mean of a metal mesh or foil incorporated into the outer ply of fabric on the skin of the structure, fire protection is performed with thermal barrier coatings on the structures and life monitoring is performed with embedded sensors. All of them add high weight penalty and complexity during the component manufacturing and posterior maintenance, even may go against the structural integrity of the component in some cases. LAYSA project aims for a new multifunctional layer to be integrated into composite structures, with ice and fire protection capacity. This can be achieved by integrating nanomaterials (NMs) such as Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) or Carbon Nanofibres (CNFs) within a polymeric matrix, so that the whole nanocompoiste can be integrated in the composite structure like a layer. The direct benefits of the proposed application include: a) Improve aircraft safety and security, b) Structural weight reduction and simplification of manufacturing processes and maintenance operations due to elimination of current metals mesh or foils, by replacement with multifunctional layer integrated in composite structure.
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Address

Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia, Astondo Bidea, Edificio 700
48160 Derio Bizkaia

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 670 078

Administrative Contact

Cristina Elizetxea (Dr.)

Participants (11)

RISE SICOMP AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 311 694

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 378 542

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 207 000

ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE CHIMIE DE LILLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 207 924

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 160 689

INASCO HELLAS ETAIREIA EFARMOSMENON AERODIASTIMIKON EPISTIMON EE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 316 164

UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR

France

EU Contribution

€ 192 600

UMECO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (DERBY) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 90 562

HUNTSMAN ADVANCED MATERIALS (SWITZERLAND) GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 225 560

ARIES COMPLEX AERONAUTICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 70 810

AERNNOVA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 175 980

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 213267

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2011

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 433 611,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 007 603

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

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