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Extended Non-Destructive Testing of Composite Bonds

Objective

Even though composite materials are already used in the manufacturing of structural components in aeronautics industry a consequent light-weight design of CFRP primary structures is limited due to a lack of adequate joining technologies. In general, adhesive bonding is the optimum technique for joining CFRP light-weight structures, but difficulties in assessing the bond quality by non-destructive testing (NDT) limit its use for aircraft structural assembly. In consequence certification by the regulation authorities is restrictive.
In order to implement robust and reliable quality assurance procedures for adhesive bonding, the main objective of ENCOMB (Extended Non-Destructive Testing for Composite Bonds) is the identification, development and adaptation of methods suitable for the assessment of the adhesive bond quality. Since the performance of adhesive bonds depends on the physico-chemical properties of adherend surfaces and adhesives, testing methods for adhesive and adherend surface characterisation will also be developed.
The implementation of reliable adhesive bonding processes by advanced quality assurance will lead to an increased use of light-weight composite materials for highly integrated structures minimising rivet based assembly. The expected weight savings for the fuselage airframe are up to 15 %. These weight savings will have further effects on the size and weight of the engines. From the overall weight savings, significant reductions in fuel consumption (direct costs) and hence CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometre will result.
In ENCOMB, a multidisciplinary consortium of 14 partners from top-level European research organisations, universities and industries brings together leading experts from all relevant fields. The participation of three major European aircraft manufacturers as well as one SME ensures the consideration of relevant application scenarios, technological specifications and use of the full exploitation potential of the results.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/carbon fiber
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 053 557,10
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (14)

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 185 100
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holger Temmen (Mr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 294 420
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Spiros Pantelakis (Prof.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 197 366,40
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anton Riedl (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 255 153,20
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Rule (Ms.)
Research Center for Non Destructive Testing GmbH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 289 751,75
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Kasberger (Dr.)
A. Usikov Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 195 498,30
Address
Ak Proskura Street 12
61085 Kharkov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Igor Scherbatko (Dr.)
INSTYTUT MASZYN PRZEPLYWOWYCH IM ROBERTA SZEWALSKIEGO POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK - IMP PAN
Poland
EU contribution
€ 244 256,40
Address
Ul. Fiszera 14
80-231 Gdansk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wieslaw Mieczyslaw Ostachowicz (Prof.)
A2 TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Cairneyhill Road Viewfield House
PH1 4AG Perth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graham Miller (Mr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 490 810
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Demetri Psaltis (Prof.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 346 219,25
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Fonti (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 359 446,10
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patrice Soullie (Mr.)
AIRBUS GROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 58 602
Address
2 Rond-point Emile Dewoitine
31700 Blagnac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christine Crocq (Ms.)
EASN TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SERVICES BVBA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Terweidenstraat 28
3440 Budingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Papadopoulos (Dr.)
AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 221 642,50
Address
Wharfedale Road Iq Winnersh 610
RG41 5TP Wokingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laura Bernasconi (Ms.)