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NOVEL AERONAUTICAL MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMPOSITE STRUCTURES WITH BULK ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY AND SELF-SENSING CAPABILITIES

Objective

Aircraft structures appear to be strategic components to be manufactured in composite materials for reducing weight, although new questions regarding electrical conductivity have arisen such as static discharge, electrical bonding and grounding, interference shielding and current return through the structure.
These functions can be met by the use of technologies based on nanocomposites, which indeed combine mechanical properties, electrical and thermal conductivity.
Based on the needs to provide advanced concepts and technologies for increased and optimised use of light-weight composite smart materials, the main objective of ELECTRICAL is the development of novel multifunctional composite structures with bulk electrical conductivity and self-sensing capabilities.
The project will investigate and develop alternative emerging methods to manufacture nanoreinforced carbon based composites compatible with current industrial manufacturing processes of composites. The main goals will be:
*Development of innovative technologies to convert nanofillers into engineered multifunctional preforms, prepregs, buckypapers, etc.., for further use in CFRP structures. CNTs bulk doped resins are also to be considered as the main base-line.
*Manufacture, characterisation and test CFRP based materials with such multifunctional engineered nanostructures. Liquid moulding technologies will be considered, althoug autoclave technology will also be considered as the second alternative. The three main functionalities will be:
*Electrical conductivity of aeronautical composite structures to meet requirements regarding static discharge, electrical bonding and grounding, etc.
*Monitoring and optimisation of CFRP curing process by Dielectric Mapping.
*Quality assurance of final component (delaminations, etc) by Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/carbon fiber
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites
  • /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

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
€ 633 363
Administrative Contact
Sonia Florez (Dr.)

Participants (13)

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 68 500
Address
Kreetslag 10
21129 Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Holger Temmen (Mr.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Avenida John Lennon
28906 Getafe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Begoña Herranz Gonzalez (Ms.)
AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 52 537
Address
Route De Bayonne 316
31060 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thierry Picot (Mr.)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 175 000
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Werner Lang (Mr.)
AIRBUS GROUP SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 202 219
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.)
AERNNOVA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS IBERICA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 197 880
Address
Avenida Llano Castellano 13
28034 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Otero Igor (Mr.)
UMECO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (DERBY) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 880
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.)
INASCO HELLAS ETAIREIA EFARMOSMENON AERODIASTIMIKON EPISTIMON EE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 201 900
Address
Napoleontos Zerva 18
16675 Glyfada Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitri Bofilios (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 289 500
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassilis Kostopoulos (Prof.)
SHORT BROTHERS PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 200 833
Address
Airport Road, Queens Island
BT3 9DZ Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gary Connery (Mr.)
ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 115 100
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christophe Falce (Dr.)
ASSOCIATION POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET DES RECHERCHES AUPRES DES UNIVERSITES, DES CENTRES DE RECHERCHE ET DES ENTREPRISES D'AQUITAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 331 441
Address
Avenue Du Docteur Albert Schweitzer - Centre Condorcet 162
33608 Pessac
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean Rivenc (Mr.)
FUNDACJA PARTNERSTWA TECHNOLOGICZNEGO TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS
Poland
EU contribution
€ 187 500
Address
Ul. Pawinskiego 5A
02-106 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tomasz Kosmider (Dr.)