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Composite fuselage section Wafer Design Approach for Safety Increasing in Worst Case Situations and Joints Minimizing

Objective

Aeronautics is a key asset for the future of Europe, but nowadays the industry has to face the challenge of “More Affordable, Safer, Cleaner and Quieter” while at the same time accounting for a demand that will triple over the next 20 years. WASIS project aims to rise to this challenge with the development of a composite fuselage structure based on the lattice stiffening concept, optimizing geometrical and mass properties of transition zones of fuselage structural joints. Project overall concept is focused on simultaneous meeting environmental demands and rising safety coupled with design and manufacturing cost-efficiency improvement.

The lattice approach allows composites to obtain more efficient mechanical behaviour, reducing weight and optimizing structure performance, which will be proved by comparative simulations against other approaches. This will be combined with specially designed semi-loop and micro-pin joining elements to provide the ability of innovative non-regular lattice structure manufacturing, save aircraft weight, avoid fuselage section weakening due to cutting reinforcement fibres.

Furthermore, the structure will also be developed to better withstand worst situation loadings, assessing safety through the large adoption of simulation and virtual testing from the very first design stages to analyze explosions and material damping. Developed innovative fuselage section design will be merged with high-productive filament winding technology to reduce manufacturing costs and time, and samples will be manufactured in order to prove how the different concepts fit together. Complete testing of the samples will be applied to prove the wafer approach. As a result of this project integrated approach – sufficient fuselage weight savings, manufacturing cost/time efficiency and safety increasing are to be achieved.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites

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 CIDAUT
Address
Plaza Vicente Aleixandre Campos 2 Pq Tecnologico De Boecillo 209
47151 Valladolid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 463 607
Administrative Contact
Maria Teresa Fernandez Peña (Dr.)

Participants (13)

NATIONAL AEROSPACE UNIVERSITY KHARKIV AVIATION INSTITUTE NAMED BY N ZUKOVSKIY
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 339 500
Address
Chkalova Str 17
61070 Kharkiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Igor Rybalchenko (Dr.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 280 680
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vassilis Kostopoulos (Prof.)
INEGI - INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA E INOVACAO EM ENGENHARIA MECANICA E ENGENHARIA INDUSTRIAL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 412 523,50
Address
Rua Dr Roberto Frias 400
4200 465 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hugo Faria (Mr.)
MATERIALS ENGINEERING RESEARCH LABORATORY LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 166 336,61
Address
Wilbury Way
SG4 0TW Hitchin - Herts
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rod Martin (Dr.)
NETCOMPOSITES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 236 510,28
Address
Bridge Way 4A Broom Business Park
S41 9QG Chesterfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gordon Bishop (Mr.)
ATG EUROPE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 136 108,11
Address
Huygensstraat 34
2201 DK Noordwijk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Malcolm Pearson (Mr.)
COMITE EUROPEEN DE NORMALISATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 13 600
Address
Rue De La Science 23
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
André Pirlet (Mr.)
PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 178 839
Address
Largo Angelo Fochetti 29
00185 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Morando Alessandro (Mr.)
INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 401 700
Address
Erwin Schrodinger Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Birgit Bittmann (Dr.)
CIRCOMP GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 424 200
Address
Marie Curie Strasse 11
67661 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralph Funck (Dr.)
ELEMENT MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY HITCHIN LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 186 158,50
Address
Wilbury Way
SG4 0TW Hitchin Herts
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roderick Martin (Dr.)
CORVUS-AIRCRAFT SPORTREPULOGEP GYARTO ES SZOLGALTATO KORLATOLT TARSASAG

Participation ended

Hungary
Address
Ii Korzet 35
6035 Balloszog
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tamas Gecse (Mr.)
COMAT COMPOSITE MATERIALS GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Marie Curie Strasse 1
67661 Kaiserslautern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernhard Wittemer (Mr.)