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Methodology

The EFFICOMP project is organized across six (6) Work Packages (WP):

WP1: Requirements (Μ1-Μ4)
Lead by: AIRBUS AGI

A very crucial part of the EFFICOMP research is the identification of the user requirements and objectives for the development and production of composite parts. AIRBUS, the leading aircraft manufacturer in Europe, will be managing this WP and will provide actual industrial challenges and test cases. The technical (material performance), cost (production cost per part) and certification requirements in current processes will be examined. These will be taken under consideration for the overall planning of the project, while they also constitute reliable comparisons with EFFICOMP’s demonstrative parts.

WP2: New low cost efficient manufacturing processes and materials (M3-M24)
Lead by: USTUTT

In order to meet the objective for cost reduction, this WP will investigate new manufacturing methods and materials which could constitute viable alternatives. In order to achieve this, the performance and efficiency of such processes and materials will need to be characterized and validated again the requirements described in WP1. Low cost resins, low carbon fibres and out-of-autoclave (OoA) processes will be explored, in order to explore the porosity development phenomenon and to identify dedicated prepreg properties. New heating solutions will propose more energy-efficient curing cycles and upon that new assembly concepts will further be explored. All side activities such as reusable bagging, mould cleaning, etc. will also be investigated against potential alternatives.

WP3: Aircraft safety improvement (M1-M36)
Lead by: NCC

WP3 aims to identify more accurate and efficient evaluation methods of structural integrity for composite fuel tanks, so as to optimize the detection of lightning strikes and to improve the safety of the future aircraft. Applying the spark detection technology using optical sensor can evaluate ignitable spark with quantitative value and quick response, as opposed to the conventional method using digital or film cameras. Therefore it is possible to reduce the number of tests and to shorten the testing periods, ultimately resulting to cost reduction, as well as enabling the development of new structural designs and the application of novelty, efficient manufacturing processes.

WP4: Validation element (M24-M35)
Lead by: TU Delft

This WP will aim to define and manufacture a demonstrator for validating all the research activities realized throughout the project. At first, a validation element will be defined based on the selected technologies which are being developed in WP2. The validation element will be designed as such in order to incorporate different sub-elements for each selected technologies. The developed tools and validation elements will be examined with geometrical characterization, and local expertise and quality aspect, in order to validate the capacities and capabilities of these new materials and technologies, against the user requirements.

WP5: Cost analysis (M1-M36)
Lead by: DLR

While WP4 aims to examine and validate the technical capabilities of the selected processes and materials, WP5 will focus on the overall cost analysis of the developed solutions. In the end, WP5 will provide detailed descriptions on the potential gains achieved by the application of the proposed EFFICOMP solutions, against existing materials and methods. Representative composite parts will be selected in order to realize this cost analysis.

WP6: Management and Dissemination (M1-M36)
Lead by: AIRBUS AGI

WP6 is dedicated to ensuring a smooth administrative, financial, technical and organizational management of the project, as well as an efficient flow of communication among the participants and with the EC. Furthermore, WP6 activities will aim to communicate the project and disseminate its results, as well as explore its potential exploitable outcomes. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690802.

This project is commissioned by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization( NEDO) in Japan.

 

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