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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).
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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

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

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Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 633 363

Administrative Contact

Sonia Florez (Dr.)

Participants (13)

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AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 68 500

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 22 500

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 52 537

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 175 000

AIRBUS GROUP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 202 219

AERNNOVA ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS IBERICA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 197 880

UMECO STRUCTURAL MATERIALS (DERBY) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 199 880

INASCO HELLAS ETAIREIA EFARMOSMENON AERODIASTIMIKON EPISTIMON EE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 201 900

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 289 500

SHORT BROTHERS PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 200 833

ARKEMA FRANCE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 115 100

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

FUNDACJA PARTNERSTWA TECHNOLOGICZNEGO TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 187 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265593

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2010

  • End date

    30 June 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 608 274,60

  • EU contribution

    € 2 878 153

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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain