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MULTIFUNCTIONAL LAYERS FOR SAFER AIRCRAFT COMPOSITES STRUCTURES

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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 670 078
Administrative Contact
Cristina Elizetxea (Dr.)

Participants (11)

RISE SICOMP AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 311 694
Address
Fibervaegen 2 - Oejebyn
941 26 Pitea
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Patrik Fernberg (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 378 542
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philippe Leconte (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 207 000
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassilis Kostopoulos (Prof.)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE CHIMIE DE LILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 207 924
Address
Cite Scientifique, Avenue Dimitri Mendeleiev
59652 Villeneuve D'ascq
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Serge Bourbigot (Prof.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 160 689
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Hammond (Dr.)
INASCO HELLAS ETAIREIA EFARMOSMENON AERODIASTIMIKON EPISTIMON EE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 316 164
Address
Napoleontos Zerva 18
16675 Glyfada Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitri Bofilios (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L'ADOUR
France
EU contribution
€ 192 600
Address
Avenue De L'universite
64000 Pau
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alban Oules (Mr.)
UMECO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (DERBY) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 90 562
Address
Concorde House, Warwick New Road 24
CV32 5JG Leamington Spa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Quentin Fontana (Dr.)
HUNTSMAN ADVANCED MATERIALS (SWITZERLAND) GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 225 560
Address
Klybeckstrasse 200
4057 Basel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christou Philippe (Dr.)
ARIES COMPLEX AERONAUTICA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 70 810
Address
Calle Jeronimo Munoz, Parque Tecnologico De Boecillo 8 A 17
47151 Boecillo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ester Porras (Ms.)
AERNNOVA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 175 980
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Alava, C/ Leonardo Da Vinci 13
01510 Minano Alava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Otero Igor (Mr.)