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Innovative Manufacturing of complex Ti sheet components

Objective

The INMA project aims at developing an intelligent knowledge-based (KB) flexible manufacturing technology for titanium shaping that will lead to drastically reduce current aircraft development costs incurred by the fabrication of complex titanium sheet components with a minimal environmental impact. In particular, this project aims at strengthening European aircraft industry competitiveness, by transforming the current non-flexible and cost intensive forming processes into a rapid and agile manufacturing process. This brand new technology, based on Asymmetric incremental sheet forming (AISF), will transform the way many titanium sheet aeronautical components such as after pylon fairings, fan blades, exhaust ducts or air collectors are manufactured today. The innovative, cost-efficient and ecological forming technology to shape complex geometries in titanium that will contribute to strengthen the European aircraft industry competitiveness meeting society’s needs.
Currently, aircraft industry uses complicated and cost intensive forming processes to shape complex Ti sheet components, such as deep drawing, hot forming, super plastic forming (SPF) and hydroforming. In some cases parts are even obtained by hand working. These techniques show severe drawbacks which include high costs, long industrialisation phases and high energy consumption rates. On the contrary, main features of the innovative AISF technology to be developed will be an increased flexibility, cost reduction, minimised energy consumption and a speed up in the industrialisation phase.
The major impacts of the results obtained in the INMA project will be:
*Cost incurred by dedicated tooling will be reduced in a 80%
*The component lead times will decrease in a 90%
*Buy-to-fly ratios will be up to a 20% lower
The INMA Consortium is integrated by 2 end-users, 1 equipment provider, 4 research organisations, 3 universities and the EASN association. Participation of industrial partners who will directly exploit the project results will guarantee the impact of the project.

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2010-RTD-1
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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Bizkaia Astondo Bidea Edificio 700
48160 Derio (Bizkaia)
Spain

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mariluz Penalva (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 681 350

Participants (10)

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 500
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Werner Lang (Mr.)
INDUSTRIAS PUIGJANER S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 185 430
Address
C Pintor Vila Cinca 30
08213 Polinya

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Masagué (Mr.)
VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 328 500
Address
Letnany Beranovych 130
19000 Praha 18

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pavlina Makovska (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 297 840
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
George Lampeas (Prof.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 390 250
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucy Parker (Ms.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 401 125
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)
PRATT & WHITNEY RZESZOW SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 97 000
Address
Ulica Hetmanska 120
35 078 Rzeszow

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Haligowski (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 278 481
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veronica Shaw (Ms.)
EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Papadopoulos (Dr.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 39 600
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
31060 Toulouse

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Picot (Mr.)