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Increasing resource efficiency of aviation through implementation of ALM technology and bionic design in all stages of an aircraft life cycle

Bionic Aircraft

Increasing resource efficiency of aviation through implementation of ALM technology and bionic design in all stages of an aircraft life cycle

Call for proposal: 
H2020-MG-2015_TwoStages
Link to CORDIS:
Objectives: 

Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) processes can significantly contribute to the demanding task within the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.

The unique manufacturing process of ALM technologies promises great weight saving potential, due to the possibility to produce bionically optimized lightweight structures of high complexity in a resource efficient way with a material exploitation of >90%. Airbus envisions completely new types of aircrafts, inspired by biomimetic, which will only be manufacturable by a broad application of ALM. Unfortunately, the design process as well as manufacturing process itself is time consuming and expensive, limiting the applicability in the aerospace industry. To overcome these barriers and to be able to exploit the potential ALM offers to reduce emissions along the entire life-cycle of an aircraft, the following developments are planned:

  • automated ALM design process to significantly reduce time and costs for bionic lightweight design
  • energy efficient and highly productive ALM process with innovative beam shaping optics to lower costs of manufacturing and reduce emissions during manufacturing
  • new high strength ALM aluminium material to increase the lightweight potential of ALM structures
  • integrity system for complex ALM parts for integrity check and avoidance of deficient parts
  • innovative NDT and repair methods for highly complex ALM parts to increase service life
  • recycling method for ALM parts to avoid disposal
  • innovative after sales supply chain based on ALM to reduce emission for spare parts production and logistics

With these developments, the project will raise the potential of ALM-technology and biomimetic design methodologies and will reduce the impact of aviation on the environment along the entire product-life-cycle of an airplane (Design & Product Development; Manufacturing; Operation; Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul; Recycling; Disposal).

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Lead Organisation: 

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.

Address: 
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20
55129 Mainz
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€2,119,684
Partner Organisations: 

Asociacion Espanola De Normalizacion

Address: 
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€89,250

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Address: 
Parque Tecnologico De Bizkaia - Calle Geldo - Edificio 700
48160 Derio
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€1,095,638

Technische Universitat Hamburg

Address: 
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Hexagon Metrology Spa

Address: 
VIA VITTIME DI PIAZZA LOGGIA 6
10024 MONCALIERI
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€990,000

Enlyte Ltd

Address: 
15 DOVERDALE DRIVE
GLOUCESTER
GL2 0NN
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€55,733

Airbus Operations Gmbh

Address: 
Kreetslag 10
950109 HAMBURG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€598,375

Hexagon Technology Center Gmbh

Address: 
HEINRICH WILD STRASSE
9345 HEERBRUGG
Switzerland
EU Contribution: 
€0

Lzn Laser Zentrum Nord Gmbh

Address: 
AM SCHLEUSENGRABEN 14
21029 HAMBURG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Tekna Plasma Europe

Address: 
200 BOULEVARD DE LA RESISTANCE
71000 MACON
France
EU Contribution: 
€760,446

Cenit Aktiengesellschaft

Address: 
INDUSTRIESTRASSE 52-54
70565 STUTTGART
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€731,936
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