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The main objective of EFFICOMP is to

develop efficient processes and efficient certification tools for the fast-track cost-effective composite aircraft of the future

With the citizen and goods mobility rising inside and across continents, air travel becomes increasingly favourable. The growing demand for delivering aircrafts is not being effectively met. Over the last decade, the net new order aircraft per year is significantly higher than the respective delivery rate:

EFFICOMP's response is to examine and develop optimized methodologies for the following cost- and time-consuming procedures:

Autoclave Processes:

Composite parts that have today a long process time due mainly to the intensive utilization of autoclave process to manufacture composite parts. Today the curing cycle alone of a large composite part such as external wing box or central wing box of an A350 aircraft needs about 10 hours or more. For new single aisle aircraft with a cadence objective of about 60 aircrafts per month, we will have to propose new efficient processes capable of high rate production at low cost to avoid huge investment in many autoclaves.

Certification:

New requirements are coming from composite material specificity such as lightning strike and sparking. Every time a specific request is coming, it becomes necessary to propose experimental or numerical answers to justify the condition of use of the composite material. The poor electrical conductivity is one of the new difficulties coming from composite material, and new tests have to be proposed in order to validate the composite material properties versus lightning strike and sparking phenomena. 

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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