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Embedded Life-Cycle Management for Smart Multimaterials Structures: Application to Engine Components

MORPHO

Embedded Life-Cycle Management for Smart Multimaterials Structures: Application to Engine Components

Call for proposal: 
H2020-MG-2020-SingleStage-INEA
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

In the framework of the transition to an industry 4.0, connected objects deployment is reinventing manufacturing and maintenance processes enabling tighter integration of the value chain. Adding native connectivity to aircraft parts is the key technology to unlock this transformation. This goes through embedding sensor technology into engine components and providing them with cognitive capabilities to improve manufacturing processes and operational availability without compromising safety.

MORPHO is the joint effort of European experts in smart manufacturing, sensor integration, structural health monitoring, recycling of aerospace structural parts, and SAFRAN (a major OEM) to face this tremendous challenge. Modern and future fan blades are designed and manufactured using a hybrid metal and advanced composite configuration. In the case of the LEAP engine, the core body of the fan blades is built up with 3D-woven composite, while the leading edge is made of titanium. These hybrid blades allow for mass gain and exhibit high strength and fracture toughness. Yet they remain vulnerable to an unexpected foreign object impact and to the initiation of damage mechanisms. Moreover, their environmentally friendly recycling is still a challenge.

MORPHO proposes to embed printed and fiber-optical sensors in aircraft engine fan blades, thus providing them with cognitive capabilities already while they are manufactured. The parallel development of a digital/hybrid twin models will drastically improve the blades' Life Cycle Management (LCM). Particular focus lies on the efficient, profitable and environmental-friendly manufacturing, maintenance, and recycling of these next-generation smart engine fan blades.

MORPHO’s ambition is also to set the cornerstones of future standards for a reliable, sustainable, agile and cost-effective industrialization of these new intelligent and multifunctional parts as well as of their associated manufacturing, maintenance, and recycling processes.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
MG-3-5-2020 Next generation multifunctional and intelligent airframe and engine parts, with emphasis on manufacturing, maintenance and recycling
Lead Organisation: 

Ecole Nationale Superieure D'arts Et Metiers

Address: 
BOULEVARD DE L HOPITAL 151
75013 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€764,750
Partner Organisations: 

Comet Traitements Sa

Address: 
RIVAGE DE BOUBIER 25
6200 CHATELET
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€470,789

Synthesites Innovative Technologiesepe

Address: 
KYPRION AGONISTON 33
18541 PEIRAIAS
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€284,750

Fisens Gmbh

Address: 
SALZDAHLUMER STR 196
38126 BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€322,500

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.

Address: 
HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€673,169

Safran Sa

Address: 
2 Boulevard Du Gal Martial Valin
75015 Paris
France
EU Contribution: 
€635,393

Esi Group Hispania Sl

Address: 
FRANCISCA DELGADO 11 3A PLANTA TERCERA
28108 ALCOBENDAS
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€385,000

Fundacion Empresa Universidad Gallega

Address: 
RUA LOPE GOMEZ DE MARZOA CAMPUS UNIVERSITARIO SUR
15705 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€268,750

Panepistimio Patron

Address: 
University Campus- Rio
26500 Patras
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€583,750

Technische Universiteit Delft

Address: 
STEVINWEG 1
2628 CN DELFT
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€609,621
Technologies: 
Development phase: